Friday, July 03, 2009
Bee Team: Astros 7, Padres 2
Imagine you're Kyle Blanks for a moment, a 22-year-old rookie not even a month in the Major Leagues. You're a first baseman by trade, but you're in left field, learning a brand new position and trying to just slide under the radar.The bees (not the Salt Lake variety) left peaceably, and so did the Padres. Of course, as they pointed out in the Angels broadcast tonight, Manny Ramirez is scheduled tomorrow in left at Petco. Huh.
The plan is working just fine. It's a sun-splashed day at PETCO Park in the ninth inning in what has become an otherwise forgettable game with most of the crowd of 23,284 long gone as the Padres are trailing the Houston Astros by six runs.
Suddenly, standing there in left field, Blanks notices a bee milling around his head. And then another. He's not allergic to bees, or at least he doesn't think so, but Blanks and bees don't mix, he would say after the game.
"I saw one or two floating around my head, and then I turned around and there was just a wall [of bees]," Blanks said. "There was just a ton of them. I started walking in and tried to get out of there. It's not something I want to tempt."
Who could blame him?
It was probably a smart, as what the Padres estimated were 2,000 bees had flown in from center field, passed high over the left-field seats and then settled down near Blanks in left field.
Yesterday's beefest in San Diego was the first game of a doubleheader for us. The nightcap was the Baltimore Orioles @ Los Angeles Angels game. With the Astros up 6-1 in the top of the ninth it was a pretty easy call to leave the Astros-Padres game early in order to be sure to see the first pitch in Anaheim. If it was a tie game or one run game we probably would have stayed in Petco Park until the end. Geoff Blum had a rbi single to put the Astros ahead to stay (a game winning hit in my book) in the first inning. Later Blum clubbed a three-run home run to right field off of Kevin Correia to cap a four rbi game. Blum was the Killer Bee of the game. Lance Berkman gets an honorable mention with two doubles, two walks, three runs scored, and one rbi. The bees were attracted to a ball girl's jacket that was hung on a folding chair in foul territory down the left field line. Perhaps she left some honey gum in her coat pocket. It certainly was not sugar free gum. The beeswarm arrival just after 3 p.m. is probably the typical time this problem occurs. The bees need a home for the night. They scout around for a likely site and go into hive making mode. This probably was not a permanent hive. They might of just stayed for the weekend or even just overnight. They might of moved off on their own accord prior to the Man Ram is back Dodgers exodus to San Diego arrived today. Count me in the camp that believes Jason Bay has a better future than Manny Ramirez. I will be at the Big A tonight for the second game of the Orioles @ Angels series. For the record I was at a game at Jack Murphy Stadium in the early Nineties that was delayed when a skunk ran on the field. It was at least the second time they had a skunk delay at Jack Murphy Stadium. Skunk removal is much quicker than bee removal!