Results tagged ‘ Robin Yount ’

2/17 Orange crush

About halfway through Dale Sveum’s speech prior to the first full squad workout on Sunday, the players started to take off their jackets to reveal bright orange hunting gear tops. Then, they put on the orange caps.

“Of course, they gave me one with a target on it,” Sveum said, chuckling.

The quick clothing change was a humorous response to Sveum being accidentally shot by Hall of Famer Robin Yount while the two were quail hunting in Arizona before the Winter Meetings. Sveum was hit in the ear and back.

Cubs pitcher Matt Garza thought the orange crush helped ease things on the first day.

“Guys laughed it off and Skip laughed it off,” Garza said. “I think it was a good icebreaker for a bunch of guys. I think it loosened the tone in there, loosened the feeling going on. Everybody’s first meeting, they’re a little nervous. Good one, whoever did it.”

It helped that Sveum took it well.

“He was laughing,” Garza said. “That’s always good. When the person who gets it is laughing, it’s good. If you get a mean face, it’s probably not the move you want to make.”

“It was actually funny,” Sveum said of the players. “All of a sudden, people are taking their jackets off, and it was like, OK, cool.”

— Carrie Muskat

12/4 Who shot Sveum? Yount

Don’t expect Robin Yount to be added to Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s staff. The Hall of Famer accidentally shot his former Brewers teammate in the right ear while hunting quail in Arizona.

“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.

— Carrie Muskat

11/18 Sveum begins search for coaching staff

Dale Sveum was named the Cubs’ new manager on Friday, and first up will be to determine his coaching staff. Sveum planned to meet with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to discuss some options. Holdovers from the Cubs’ 2011 staff include Rudy Jaramillo, Pat Listach and Lester Strode; they all have contracts for next season.

One rumor was that Hall of Famer Robin Yount would join Sveum.

“That’s not going to happen,” Sveum said. “He’s my best friend in the world but that’s not going to happen.”

What is Sveum looking for in a bench coach?

“I think he needs to be very close to me personally,” Sveum said. “It has to be a very good friend of mine, somebody I respect, baseball knowledge-wise, somebody who can slow the game down, especially the National League game, and the ability to tell me to get my [stuff] together. At the same time, we have to yell at each other and still be friends. That has to be somebody really close to you who you have a lot of confidence in and are very good friends with.”

It may take longest to name a new pitching coach, Sveum said.

“I have an idea of names who I’m going to interview,” he said. “There are a couple guys who are high on my list who I want to interview.”

— Carrie Muskat