4/7 Welcome to Chicago

Dale Sveum took advantage of Friday’s off day to outfit his Chicago apartment.

“[My daughter] said, ‘You spent more money than I did when I moved into college,’” the new Cubs manager said Saturday.

Despite losing the season opener on Thursday to the Nationals, Sveum said he has been well received in the city. He’s been recognized.

“I’ve had it a few times but nothing off the charts by no means,” he said. “It’ll happen more and more, not that you’re putting yourself out there all the time. It’s part of the game and being with the Chicago Cubs, that’s part of it. There’s nothing wrong with it. People have said nice things and that’s fine. It is what it is.”

He has yet to see his face on the billboard, part of the Cubs “Baseball is Better” ad campaign.

“You are going to be more familiar when you have a billboard,” he said, laughing.

His old team, the Brewers, will definitely see it on their way to Chicago. There’s one on the Illinois side of the Illinois-Wisconsin border next to Interstate 94.

– Carrie Muskat

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