Over the past two days I've had some interesting things happen to me. Yesterday we made a two hour bus trip down to Jupiter, Florida to play the St. Louis Cardinals. After a bunch of interesting episodes of balls being thrown at batters of both teams, the benches cleared as player's from each team ran onto the field after one of our batters was hit for the second time in the game. There were no punches thrown, but there was a lot of pushing and shoving and also a lot of jawing at each other. I wasn't in the game at the time so I made sure to quickly make my way from the bench towards the middle of the action for a front row seat. I'm glad no one got hurt or did anything stupid to warrant a suspension, but it definitely added some excitement to the afternoon. I've been in a decent amount of bench clearing episodes so far in my career, but never have I seen one during a Spring Training game. The video below is what most pitchers do when they see me charging the mound. Like I always say, "stay off the tracks when the trains coming through."
At today's game we were making our way to the home dugout when we saw a player from across the field sprinting for his life towards us. It turns out he was being chased by a swarm of bees. I swear I have never seen so many bees in one place in my life. The swarm had to consist of over a thousand bees, and they all were moving in a pack towards our team. We all ran from the dugout and towards cover like a bunch of school girls, but the bees decided to hang out for about fifteen minutes on the field. The game was delayed a good while until finally they decided they had enough and moved on. It was the first time in my life I've had a game delayed because of bees. This is the type of stuff that starts to happen when you've been at Spring Training long enough.
On a side note, a few games ago I got drilled by a fastball right in the ribs. It was one of those "deer caught in headlights" moments, when even though the ball was coming right at me I didn't really know where to go. To get an idea of what it felt like, check out this video below of a reaction quite similar to mine.
In all seriousness, I hope she is OK. Everybody have a great day, and if you happen to know this lady tell her I apologize.