For baseball fans — and that would include me — there are two seasons: winter and baseball.

That’s like beekeepers. We have winter, and then we have the rest of the year.

The baseball season is about to end. The World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals begins to night. Barring rainouts or other delays, it will be finished in a little more than a week.

What else do baseball and beekeeping have in common?

Not too much, although when the pitchers and catchers report to spring training in mid-February is about the time that we here in East Tennessee begin to anticipate the warm afternoons when we can open up the hives.

And Opening Day signals the beginning of swarm season.

Speaking of swarms, that’s one more conjunction of baseball and bees. Bees can occasionally interrupt a baseball game. Below are a couple of videos where that happened. In the first, the bees gathered around one of the automatic cameras in the stadium.

The second shows bees at a collegiate game where a couple of intrepid beekeepers actually hived the swarm.

Enjoy the videos, and enjoy the Series. Winter for all of us is on the way.

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Key words: bees, baseball, World Series, San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals, YouTube videos, swarms, spring training, opening day

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