Cubs player stung 10+ times during game in Mesa

Posted at 5:04 PM, Mar 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 07:48:36-04

Earlier this month, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost came to the defense of thousands of bees who descended upon Tempe to disrupt his team's Cactus League game.

On Sunday, the bees headed to Sloan Park in Mesa to disrupt yet another Spring Training game, between the Chicago Cubs and the Seattle Mariners. 

The bees appeared in center field in the top of the third inning. Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward said he was stung at least 10 times around his face and neck.

"It started on my face then the back of my head over here," Heyward told ESPN. "It's OK. I'm not allergic."

"They came over from right field so I tried to get out of the way. I should have gone over the fence."

At the end of the third inning, Cubs' relievers abandoned their bullpen in left field when bees swarmed a chair in their pen. They walked across the field and joined the Mariners' relievers in the right field bullpen.

"It was wild," Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel said. "I've never seen anything like that before."

This has become an annual occurrence at Spring Training games in Arizona. The question is: Is this becoming a genuine safety issue, especially for those in attendance who are allergic to bee stings?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.