Note to Self: Do Not Take Up Quail Hunting

Jeff · February 17, 2006 at 12:39 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Guess who, besides a friend of the Vice President, has been shot while on the hunt for quail? That’s right, your friend and mine, Mike Hargrove.

Regular readers of the site may react the same way I did upon reading this:

“I was on a little rise and Doyle made a mistake,” Hargrove said. “He was too focused on the bird. I couldn’t have been more than 20 yards away.”

No, he’s not using USSM’s nickname for our favorite outfielder from Down Under: he’s talking about Doyle Alexander. I still almost spit water on my keyboard.


12 Responses to “Note to Self: Do Not Take Up Quail Hunting”

  1. msb on February 17th, 2006 1:08 pm

    is there an emoticon for brow-mopping?

    btw, Doyle is in camp: from yesterday, “Outfielder Chris Snelling is in camp but not yet taking part in full workouts. Rehabbing a surgically repaired left knee, Snelling hit in the batting cages and will continue running drills today.”

  2. John in L.A. on February 17th, 2006 1:11 pm

    I love people that put 2 and 2 together and get 3. Yeah, I’m looking at you, Mike.

  3. dlupham on February 17th, 2006 1:14 pm

    I used to bird hunt when I was young man and the first rule that I learned was when hunting with others, don’t shoot at birds flying toward/between us. I was always hunting pheasants and maybe they flush differently than quail but we only shot at birds flying directly away from us. Never shot anybody, never saw anybody shot and never new of anybody shot.


  4. Dave on February 17th, 2006 1:25 pm

    Please, please, please don’t turn this into a conversation about the VP or his shooting trip. There are so many hundreds of thousands of other places to talk about that. This place is for baseball.

  5. Jeff on February 17th, 2006 1:42 pm

    Ditto. I almost put a note in the post about that. The Cheney thing is just the news hook for the Hargrove incident being newsworthy.

  6. joealb on February 17th, 2006 3:48 pm

    Ok, It just hit me like a ton of bricks. If Doyle (Our young hot hitting outfielder not the retired pitcher) is shot with bird shot while by Grover then maybe the curse on him will be lifted. Doyle shot Grover, Grover shoots Doyle circle complete!

  7. dasBoot on February 17th, 2006 3:49 pm

    OK, in an attempt to keep this thread about baseball, I call Hargorve’s judgement into question.

    The Mariners manager said from his experience, bird-hunting accidents frequently are not the fault of the shooter.

    “He (Cheney) has to know where the other guy is,” he said. “But the other guy absolutely has to make it known where he is and not get in the line of fire.”

    I am an avid bird hunter and have a huge problem with people who try to pass off blame in a typical hunting situation. Unless the other guy is jumping in front of the barrel or intentionally hiding in the shooting zone, the shooter has all the responsibility to only shoot when it is safe.

    My view of Hargrove has just dropped a couple notches.

  8. msb on February 17th, 2006 4:21 pm

    well, he might actually be trying to make the Veep come off better…

  9. Nate on February 17th, 2006 4:58 pm

    the REAL Doyle catches birds with his bare hands.
    he wouldn’t need a gun.

    very funny stuff.

  10. Evan on February 18th, 2006 12:30 am

    I was actually heartened by the story. Doyle’s knee must be in pretty good shape if he’s out hunting with Grover.

    But it was the wrong Doyle.

  11. nms on February 18th, 2006 10:54 am

    If youre tired and reading that in a hurry you could’ve read that as Mike Hargrove shot Doyle/Snelling. That would cinch Doyles spot as most snakebit (and birdshot) player ever. Even Pete Reiser wasnt shot by his own manager

  12. terry on February 18th, 2006 4:12 pm

    #9: No…..he shoots them with lightning bolts from his arse…

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