"The bird went up in front of [Yount] and I was about 50 yards up on the hill," Sveum said Tuesday, explaining the freak incident. "He got the bird up and lost track of where I was and pulled the trigger and was like, 'Uh oh.' I was looking for birds myself and he was behind me. I got drilled with pellets in the back and the ear."
Sveum's reaction was expected and unprintable. Was there blood?
"Oh yeah, there was blood," Sveum said.
The Cubs manager didn't need stitches.
"You don't get hit very often," Sveum said. "It's not that big a deal."
He said they usually don't fire that close to each other but there have been times in the past when they've had 6-shots fall on them.
We know Yount shot Sveum. What about the quail?
"He got the bird," Sveum said.
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