Heyward climbs fence to avoid bees, swarm halts M's-Cubs

Chicago Cubs' Jason Heyward claps after hitting a three-run double during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) As usual, star Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward made the smart play. He climbed the fence in center – to avoid a swarm of bees.

The game between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago was delayed for several minutes in the top of the third inning Sunday when the bees gathered in center field.

Heyward kept swatting them, then jogged to several spots in the outfield trying to avoid the insects. The three-time Gold Glove winner even scaled the wall, hoping to get away.

At the end of the inning, Cubs relievers abandoned their bullpen in left field and joined the Seattle pitchers in the right-field bullpen to steer clear.