You may want to speak into Dale Sveum's left ear for a while. (US Presswire)

Like Dick Cheney and Bobby Knight, it would probably be wise to turn down a hunting invitation from Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday that his former teammate shot him in the right ear while quail hunting in Arizona recently.

From's Carrie Muskat:

“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.”

The bird, Sveum noted, didn't fare as well.

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