I doubt that any of us were surprised that the Cubs were swept in St. Louis to end yet another dumpster fire of a season. While I could recap yesterday’s game, I don’t care to actually look to see what happened. What’s on everyone’s mind today is the future of one Dale Aloysius Sveum (not sure that’s his real middle name). What was on Dale’s mind after yesterday’s game?
“You’d be lying if you didn’t have anxiety about what’s going to happen in 24 hours,” Sveum said. “That’s human nature.”
A Miller Lite can on his desk, Sveum sat back in the manager’s office after Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He joked about all the questions hanging over his future.
“It’s upon us,” Sveum said, laughing.
How did he get a Miller Lite in Busch Stadium? Did they have to smuggle it in, or is it a part of his contract that Miller Lite be provided for him in every stadium? Even if Theo decides to let Dale go, Dale knows they will be friends forever.
“Theo was honest with everybody that there was evaluation going on with all of us – myself included with the coaches,” Sveum said. “But it doesn’t change your relationship with anybody. It’s just my job to do what I do. And it’s Theo’s job to do what he does.
“Just because there’s an evaluation going on, that doesn’t change (our relationship).”
They still won’t go hunting together. That’s one thing I’m sure won’t change.
One reason to keep Dale around would be that he handles losing well, at least according to James Russell.
“Dale’s handled this better than any other manager in the big leagues could have,” reliever James Russell said. “He hasn’t even had a change in emotions at all. He could have come in here and raised hell, having team meetings, yelling at us to do this and this and this. He’s been even-keel and he’s been perfect for all of us.
“It’s kind of surprising. Sometimes you got to go check and see if he’s got a pulse.”
Undead Dale? At least if he gets fired, he’ll still get paid through next season. And he can do a lot of hunting.