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Friday, March 25, 2005; Page D10

Things were buzzing at Tucson Electric Park yesterday, and that was not a good thing.

A swarm of bees invaded the field and forced a game between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks to be called after five innings.


"I love this game, but I like myself a little bit more."

-- Colorado Rockies pitcher Darren Oliver, who was chased from the mound by bees in Tucson. He tried to go back, but the bees kept following him. Finally, after a 20-minute delay, he left for good and let reliever Allan Simpson complete the inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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"I guess we've got to call that a 'Bee' game," Arizona Manager Bob Melvin said.

The bees literally chased Rockies pitcher Darren Oliver from the mound. He kept trying to go back on the mound, but the bees would go after him again. Finally, he left for good and let another pitcher complete the inning.

Oliver said the bees apparently were attracted to the coconut oil in his hair gel.

"It was kind of funny at first, but after awhile I started getting a little nervous and scared out there," he said.

The Diamondbacks took the field in the sixth, but by then the bees had spread out all over the field, and play was not resumed. Arizona beat the Rockies, 3-1, in five innings.

Joe Garagiola Sr., attending the game with his son, Diamondbacks General Manager Joe Garagiola Jr., said he had never seen anything like it.

"And I go back to 1942," the elder Garagiola said.

-- From News Services

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