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Bees attend the Dodgers vs. Cubs game


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The beautiful sunshine, toasty temperatures and promise of a cold beer and a Dodger Dog inspired more than just Cubs and Dodgers fans to go to Chavez Ravine this afternoon. Swarms of bees made themselves at home in the left-center bleachers not too far from Mannywood at Dodger Stadium.

Bees3By the seventh inning of the game the swarm got so large that Dodger security was forced to clear out an entire section of the left field pavilion seats. 

 Why didn't the Dodgers simply escort the insects out of the stadium for failure to have tickets to the game? Look no further than the visiting team for that answer. In 1945 the Cubs refused entry to a man who brought his goat to a game at Chicago's Wrigley Field. The fellow was so upset that he allegedly put a curse on the team and the Cubs have never been to the World Series since.

The bees were allowed to stay and the Dodgers shut out the Cubs, applying, basically, the final nail in the coffin of the chances the Cubs would have for post-season play this season.

More photos of the bees and their effect on the left field pavilion after the jump.

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- Tony Pierce

Photos: Fans leave the stands as they wave away a swarm of bees that caused a large section of the center field bleachers to be evacuated during the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Credits: First and third photos by Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press; second and fourth photos by Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Related: 

- Dodgers vs. Cubs vs. bees: Swarm infests left field pavilion

- Flashback: 2007 - "Suddenly, the bees are simply vanishing"

- Bee Movie review by Carina Chocano

Dodger Thoughts, the LA Times Dodgers blog

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And here I thought bees are going extinct!

That's a really good sized swarm.

Glad to see that nobody freaked out and made a big scene over a harmless event like a bee swarm.

Scary!

According to the bees' Los Angeles attorney - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, there was only one bee and it did not bother anyone.

and Judge Real would not accept any papers from either side, so the matter "shall be deemed never to have occured"

It's bad enough that Dodger bleacher fans have to endure the various factors that go with sitting in the bleachers for approximately three hours straight: the heat; being in close proximity to friends and strangers; the wonderful aromas of being in close proximity to friends and strangers; the constant smells of nachos in 90 degree heat; getting a great bird's eye view of the field; knowing that an even better view would be from a Good Year blimp; and playing mind games with yourself thinking about just how much more money I should have spent to get some better seats. Now with this bee swarm thing, you're telling me that after spending God knows what on food, tickets, t-shirts and whatnot, I've got to just endure getting attacked by bees.
Let me say this, if I went to the movies, and I got attacked by bees: I'd get a refund. If I went to pretty much any decent restaurant, and I got attacked by bees: I'd get a refund. If I was in an airplane, and I got attacked by bees: I'd get a refund. I'd say 90% of the time, if any of us are attacked by bees in some establishment or venue, if asked for a refund, we'd receive one.
Well, as Dodger fans who payed good money, maybe not exactly the highest prices for the seats, but for spending the astronomical prices in the park (on food, clothing...) just like anyone else (ie: box seats ticket holders), I'd say that refunds should certainly be issued right away, no questions asked. Unless of course the Dodger executive offices feel that bleacher fans don't count as loyal ticket holders, but instead are viewed as fans that just keep coming back no matter what you throw at them, including a sworm of bees.

RE: Gregory Diamond,
No reports of any bee stings.
There was no attack.
Get a grip on your paranoia.
No refunds on life.
Man up!

A swarm is a colony of bees looking for a new home. They would probably love to make a hive in a dark sheltered area under a bleacher seat, especially if there was a puddle of spilled coke. But they are focused on location, location, location, not on people, and as such, are usually pretty docile (and often easily caught by a beekeeper, if allowed to settle in a clump.)
Yes, move the spectators, and maybe give them a free Dodger dog for their inconvenience. Educate folks on the spot that bees are not usually vicious, and will only sting when they are threatened. Basic common sense: walk calmly away and DO NOT swat or wave at the bees. Call a beekeeper (NOT a Padres exterminator) who will come and remove them and give the swarm to a person who will provide them with a nice, non-ballpark home.
Bees are wonderful. We need them in our lives.

"the final nail in the coffin of the chances the Cubs would have for post-season play this season. "

Thanks!

I don't really hate the Cubs, but night games at Wrigley mess up my commute.

AWWW THIS IS REDICOULS!!!
MY NAMES NICK I WAS WITH MY PREGNANT GIRL FRIEND AT DODGER STADIUM AND ALL MY YOUNGER SIBLINGS.. HOW IS IT THAT NO ONE GOT BIT?? IM A DANG VICTIM.. GOT BIT TWICE AND SECURITY DIDNT DO NOTHING ABOUT IT .. I HAD BEES IN MY EAR AND NOSE!!!!!


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