Monday, February 18, 2013

Chicago Cubs players played prank on skipper Dale Sveum during first speech to players


The Chicago Cubs pulled a prank on manager Dale Sveum on Sunday. But to understand it, you must know that Sveum was accidentally shot in his right ear by Hall of Famer Robin Yount during a quail hunt in December.

Cubs players capitalized on Sveum's misfortune by conspiring in a team-wide prank at the team's spring training complex in Mesa, Ariz.

It was there, during Sveum's first full squad meeting with the team, that players began shedding their warm-up jackets in perfect unison.

“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.”

The mastermind behind the plot has yet to step forward, but Sveum swears that he will unleash some wrath of fury once he figures out who it was.

“I haven’t gotten to the bottom of it yet. But God help them when I find out.”

Of course, the second-year coach said that jokingly. He added that he thought the practical joke helped to break the ice on the first day of practice as a full team.

“It was a good one, just to kind of loosen people up,” he 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.”

Via Chicago Tribune

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