Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was accidentally shot in the back and ear by baseball Hall of Famer Robin Yount while the pair was out quail hunting recently.
The good new for Sveum is that he was hit with BBs. Still, he called the incident a “bloody scene,” but he was not badly hurt. USA Today reported that Sveum and Yount were teammates in Milwaukee in the late 1980s. Yount and Sveum go on hunts together regularly, but this time there was a bit of a breakdown in each man knowing where the other was.
Big League Stew reports that Yount and Sveum were about 50 yards apart when Sveum claims Yount lost track of where he was. Yount was firing at a bird.
“He got the bird up and lost track of where I was,” Sveum said.” He pulled the trigger and was like, ‘Uh, oh… I got drilled with pellets in the back and then one stuck in the ear.”
In case this story left you thinking Yount is a bad shot, that isn’t so. While he may not have meant to hit Sveum with his shot, Yount must have known what he was doing because he still came away with the bird.
The incident has led Sveum to nickname Yount “Dick Cheney,” calling to mind the former vice president’s now-famous mishap. In 2006 while hunting, Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington. That incident led to far more serious injury than anything Yount’s BBs could do to Sveum.
If you had to choose between Robin Yount and Dick Cheney for a hunting partner, who would you choose?