Well, the Cubs have “stolen” Dale Sveum from the Red Sox and will name him as their next skipper on Friday. Count me as one of the people not running to go buy a box of tissues because he won’t become the next fearless leader of the Sox.
I may end up being completely wrong next year at this time; however I don’t think I will be.
When Sveum was the Red Sox 3rd base Coach from 2004-2005, he wasn’t exactly worshiped by the fans or the media. As I recall he was known as “Send em in Sveum”, and it wasn’t because we he was fantastic at his job. I understand that everybody is up in arms that the Sox have not named a Manager yet, and it seems as though the Cherington may be clashing with Lucchino and Henry. Yet I don’t feel its time to get worried or panic at all. Francona was not named Manager until December the year he was hired (2003) and that worked out pretty well didn’t it?
Personally I have been pulling for Sandy Alomar Jr to get the gig. However I wouldn’t mind seeing the Sox make a run at Ryne Sandberg or Bobby V. Either way, learning that Sveum is going to Chicago did not put a damper on my day. Out of all the potential candidates mentioned to be the next Bo Sox Skipper, he was the person I was least excited about.
The Brewers had an opening for Manager while he was on the Staff, and even after he managed them at the end of 2009, they still decided that Ken Macha was a better choice. Red Flag anyone?
I’m not trying to sound like a jerk, I am just being honest. I don’t think Sveum is ready to manage a team like the Red Sox, coming off a season like they just did, in a media market as frenzied as Beantown. I’m sure the Sox will have somebody in place very soon. It is not time to fret, get worried or cry. That is unless somebody brings up Heidi Watney!
She’s leaving? Say it aint so Hedi, say it aint so?