When quail hunting goes wrong.
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was recently shot in the back and the right ear with pellets by Milwaukee Brewers legend and friend Robin Yount during a quail hunting expedition, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Sveum wasn't seriously injured and laughed it off (of course, after he got the bee-bee removed from his ear). He also has a new name for Yount.
Yes, you guessed it, Dick Cheney, who infamously accidentally shot his friend in the face during a hunting trip.
When Sveum took the Cubs' managerial position before the 2012 season, he probably had an imaginary list in his head of all the things that could go wrong. Losing over 100 games was likely on that list, which the Cubs did.
But the 49-year-old didn't account for the dangers of quail hunting, apparently. Heck, he probably figured all the dangers lied on the baseball field.
Sveum also said he gave the bird to Yount after the shooting. Although, he wasn't clear about whether he was referring to the bird Yount was aiming at or, well, you know.
Hopefully, this isn't one of those bad omens that Cubs fans cling on to. The club's agonizing history is rich enough in excuses. Choosing to blame everything on Robin Yount and quails is taking it a step too far.
Sveum already appears to have gotten over the accident. The question is, will he be able to laugh it off if the Cubs have yet another miserable season in 2013?
One thing's for sure: Blowing off steam on a quail hunting adventure is out of the question at this point.