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Dale Sveum ejected for arguing umpire Phil Cuzzi’s awful call

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected from Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals for arguing a horrible call by homeplate umpire Phil Cuzzi.

Donnie Murphy check swingCuzzi, who is no stranger to awful calls, punched out Donnie Murphy after the third baseman tried holding up on a check swing with an 0-2 count, two on, and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh. Murphy held up on the swing and it wasn’t close, but Cuzzi blew the call and called Murphy out. Sveum was ejected for the fifth time this season after being tossed by Cuzzi.

If a manager were able to challenge that call in the future based on new instant replay rules, I would really hope that Cuzzi would have enough sense to overturn.

Forearm bash to CJ Zero

Cubs mocked manager Dale Sveum with hunting gear during first team meeting

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was involved in a frightening hunting accident over the offseason. Since he was not seriously injured, it’s one of those incidents that we can all look back on and laugh. The team did just that during its first full squad meeting on Sunday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs all showed up to the meeting in their warm-up jackets and went to take them off at the same time, which took Sveum by surprise.

“Halfway into the meeting they all took their jackets off and they all had bright orange hunting gear on, and hats,” Sveum said. “Of course they gave me one with a target.”

Classic. Of course, the person who orchestrated the prank has not come forward. Unless he feels like carrying buckets of balls to practice for a week, the brains behind the operation will probably remain anonymous. Sveum laughed it off but also said “God help them” if he finds out who was responsible. Could it have been Matt Garza? If it was, he’s not saying.

“It was a good one, just to kind of loosen people up,” Garza said. “I know the first day is usually a little nerve-wracking, especially with (all the media around). Whoever did that, it was a good one. … Guys laughed it off and Skip laughed it off. I think it was a good icebreaker for a bunch of guys, (to) kind of loosen the tone, the feelings.

“Everyone was a little nervous… When the person who gets it is laughing, that’s a good one. If he gets a mean face, probably not the move you want to make.”

Sveum had to have known this was coming, so he’s probably relieved to get it out of the way before the first official team meeting. Although, something tells me this won’t be the last he hears about the quail hunting fiasco.

Dale Sveum was shot by Robin Yount while quail hunting

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum revealed on Tuesday that he was shot by Hall of Fame player Robin Yount while the two were hunting quail during the offseason. This is easily my favorite story in a while.

Sveum, who was teammates with Yount on the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986-1991, says the two were hunting quail in Arizona when Yount hit a two-for-one special.

“The bird was in front of him and I was about 50 yards up on a hill,” Sveum said Tuesday, via ESPN Chicago. “He got the bird up and lost track of where I was. He pulled the trigger and was like, ‘Uh, oh.’”

Sveum says he was hit in the ear.

“I got drilled with pellets in the back and then one stuck in the ear,” he said.

Sveum was bleeding after being hit, but being the tough guy that he is, he says he did not need stitches.

I’m surprised Sveum even needs to bring a gun with him when he’s hunting. All he needs to do is flash his forearm tattoos and an intimidating glare at the birds and they’ll all fall over dead on the spot.