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.


By 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.

- Tony Pierce

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


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