NASHVILLE, Tenn. - And Dale Sveum thought he had a bad year before October.
Turns out that 101-loss season in his first year as Cubs manager was only the start of the bleeding for Sveum - who suffered minor injuries in a Dick Cheney-like accident while hunting quail in Arizona with Hall of Fame pal Robin Yount earlier this fall.
``It's not that big a deal,'' claimed the famously cool Sveum, who got bird shot in the back and right ear from about 50 yards away. ``Yeah, there was blood. ...
``The bird got up in front of him, and he lost track of where I was and pulled the trigger, and, `Uh-oh.' 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 downplayed the incident, suggesting he and longtime hunting buddy Yount have had close calls in the past. ``Well, not that close,'' he said.
His first reaction: ``Oh, sh--.''
His second: He started calling Yount ``Dick Cheney.''
The bottom line:
``He got the bird.''
He appeared to be referring to the quail.