The Chicago Cubs organization and its fan base got a big scare recently when news broke that manager Dale Sveum was accidentally shot in the ear and the back by former teammate Robin Yount while quail hunting.
Sveum spoke on Tuesday at the MLB Winter Meetings about the mishap that occurred on the recent hunting trip in Arizona. He was quoted saying that, “You don’t get hit very often. It’s not that big a deal.”
Sveum described the situation as an accident because he was about 50 yards ahead of Yount when the pellets were fired at a bird that was behind him. He also said that this was not the first time that he and Yount have fired close to each other.
Sveum and Yount are close buddies who played together with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was drafted in the first round of the 1982 amateur draft, the same year in which the Brewers made the World Series and eventually lost in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Throughout his career Sveum batted .236 with 69 HR and knocked in a total of 340 runs while playing for the Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the New York Yankees.
As a manager he has a career record of 68-106. Sveum also served as the third base coach for the 2004-2005 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox while working with manager and former Brewers teammate Terry Francona.
The Cubs skipper said that he did not need stitches. In light of it all, Yount did get the bird and Sveum is still healthy.
Sveum is looking to take the Cubs back to the playoffs, somewhere they have not been since 2008.
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