Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (33) in the first inning against Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports
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Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum nearly had his ear shot off by former teammate and Hall of Famer Robin Yount.
In a recent quail hunting excursion in Arizona, Yount "got the bird" but also got part of Sveum's right ear.
"The bird was in front of him and I was about 50 yards up on a hill," Sveum said Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings in Nashville. "He got the bird up and lost track of where I was. He pulled the trigger and was like, 'Uh, oh.'"
Sveum said it was a bloody scene, but was not hurt.
"I got drilled with pellets in the back and then one stuck in the ear," he said.
The two are hunting partners and were teammates with the Milwaukee Brewers in late 1980s.
"We do it all the time," Sveum said. "Not that close all the time, but we do get BB's fall on us."
Sveum joked and called Yount former vice president Dick Cheney, who famously shot a friend during a hunting incident.
Sveum certainly seems prepared to go to any length to break the curse of the billy goat.