There are all manner of rumors swirling about Nashville this week as the Winter Meetings take place. However, the most interesting thing we learned yesterday was that Robin Yount accidentally shot Dale Sveum while the two were hunting.
“The bird was in front of him and I was about 50 yards up on a hill,” Sveum said Tuesday at baseball’s winter meetings. “He got the bird up and lost track of where I was. He pulled the trigger and was like, ‘Uh, oh.’ ”
Sveum was hit in the back of the right ear by the spray pattern from a six-shot.
“I got drilled with pellets in the back and then one stuck in the ear,” he said.
Sveum said there was plenty of blood, but he wasn’t worried.
“We do it all the time,” Sveum said. “Not that close all the time, but we do get BB’s fall on us.”
Robin Yount is the new Dick Cheney.
Sveum spoke on a host of other topics as well, including the progression of Starlin Castro.
“But basically what I want to see out of him is just keep progressing mentally and understand the process of becoming a winning player and not a hit seeker, becoming more of a winning hitter situation, drive runs in, understanding the situations. Defensively, like I said, I think he came a long way but still has to even concentrate more. I think we got him probably, just throwing a number out there, probably really focused 80 to 85 percent of the time. We’ve got to get that to that 95 percent. I don’t think anybody ever really focuses 100 percent.”
I think Mike Quade wanted Starlin to focus 110% of the time. Seems like Sveum has more realistic expectations.