As if to prove that the curse of the billy goat extends far beyond the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs manager Dave Sveum caught a little birdshot in his ear and back during a recent wingshooting mishap. The culprit: his hunting pal, Hall of Famer Robin Yount. The two former big-leaguers (sorry, managing the Cubs doesn’t count) were teammates when they played for the Milwaukee Brewers and were stalking quail together in Arizona when Yount went all Dick Cheney on him . . .
si.com has the play-by-play:
Sveum said he was about 50 yards ahead of the Hall of Famer went the accident occurred.
“The bird got up in front of him, and he lost track of where I was and pulled the trigger,” Sveum said. “I was just looking for birds myself. It was behind me, so I got drilled with pellets in the back and one stuck in the ear.”
Sveum said he and Yount have fired near each other in the past.
“Well, not that close,” he said.
It’s rough enough taking the inevitable incoming from fans and media that goes along with managing a hapless bunch that hasn’t won anything much in over a century. And while Sveum stopped the #7 shot in the off-season far away from the the diamond, it’s hard not to think that his association with the Cubs somehow played a part.
Since both shotgunners are well past their 20s and 30s (and baseball players are, you’d guess, far less “aggressive” than NFLers), Bob Costas hasn’t had anything to say about the incident. Yet. That won’t stop us, though, from sending Mr. Yount one more piece of hardware to add to his already impressive collection of trophies. But if he’d rather, we’d be happy to forward this one directly to Cooperstown for him. [h/t Garret C.]