3/12 Sveum: “I know what goes on”
Dale Sveum says he hasn’t sought out other past Cubs managers to get advice on how to deal with the job. He’s well aware the job is different from others in baseball.
“It’s one of the bigger markets and the history and everything that goes along with Chicago and the Cubs [makes it different],” he said. “Of course, it’s different from managing in small markets. That’s the way it is here and in Boston and New York and the big markets. There’s no doubt it’s different.”
On Monday, Sveum could seek out Reds manager Dusty Baker for advice. He was in Chicago from 2003-06 but said he won’t.
“There’s nothing I don’t know,” Sveum said. “There’s going to be second guessing of everything, all that. It’s not like I’ve never been in a big market before. You know what all goes on. I was in Boston for two years with [Terry] Francona so I know what goes on in those places.”
He won’t check the Chicago sports talk shows or open a Twitter account either.
“I don’t do anything like that now and I’m not going to start,” he said. “Basically all I know how to do is get on the Internet and check scores or on my phone and email a little bit but I”m not searching articles. To me, that doesn’t make sense why you’d read good or bad. Obviously, we know there’s going to be more bad than good so it’s irrelevant to look at articles or seek any kind of media that way. I’ve got better things to do than seek out articles on myself or the team. I’m living the team, the nine innings, every single night. I know what goes on. I don’t have to look to find out what somebody else thinks. I know what’s going on.”
— Carrie Muskat