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May 1, 2024, 12:33 PM

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 30: Beekeeper Matt Hilton reacts to fans after removing a colony of bees that formed on the net behind home plate during a delay to the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 30, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX, Arizona – There was a buzz in the crowd on Tuesday night at Chase Field, but it wasn’t the traditional sound you’d expect from 28,000 baseball fans.

Beekeeper Matt Hilton became the start of the night after a colony of bees caused a two-hour delay before the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers could take the field in Phoenix, AZ, on Tuesday, April 30.

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Milton was minding his beeswax at a little league game when the Diamondbacks sent up the ‘Bee Signal’.

“I was actually at my son’s T-ball game when I got the call to come out here,” Milton said. “I thought I was just here to take care of a bee problem, and people were pretty hyped up.”

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After riding a scissor lift to the top of the netting behind home plate, the hero of the hive was asked to throw out the first pitch. Milton strolled to the mound amidst a standing ovation before delivering the ceremonial first pitch high and outside.

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