HOUSTON -- Fame is a bee.
It has a song --
It has a sting --
Ah, too, it has a wing.
Emily Dickinson wrote that in the 1800's, and fame is indeed a bee here.
There are bees everywhere, more than ever. There is a literal kind of buzz around Minute Maid Park, from the unstoppably powerful drone of the bee routinely played over the loudspeaker before a Craig Biggio or Lance Berkman at-bat to the costumes donned by Houston Astros fans who have ridden this fame train into the first World Series in franchise history. It has been everyone's beeswax.
Naturally, all of this discussion of "Killer Bees" requires someone well-versed in apiculture to make their presence known around here. And that's just what has been going on during these Fall Classic games at Minute Maid Park. Two volunteers wearing official bee-keeping apparatus have been handing out countless Astros.com magnets to fans here, resulting in refrigerator attachments that will remind everyone of the fame.
Because "Fame is a bee" with a song and a sting, and fans here hoped Astros fortunes would take wing. The bee-keeping science is alive and well. A.L. Root, the renowned apiculturist who filled journals with his "Gleanings in Bee Culture," would have been inspired by this. And so would Moses Quinby, the Father of Bee-keeping who once wrote "Mysteries of Bee-Keeping Explained."
It was Root who once said of Quinby: "His investigating mind had plenty of scope for operation and he made a diligent study of bees and their habits."
That speaks volumes for what has been seen lately in Houston. Bees are everywhere, and bee-keepers have been a daily requirement. They have spread these Astros.com magnets like honey -- sweet and just slightly addictive enough to keep you coming back for more.
More Astros.com. More honey. More bees. More fame, because after all, the Killer Bees finally made it to a World Series.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.