Dale Sveum isn’t a celebrity manager like Lou Piniella or Dusty Baker. But enough fans still recognize him in Chicago.

“Well, jeez, they had my face on a freakin’ billboard,” Sveum said. “I hadn’t even won a game yet in Chicago and I was on a billboard.”

In Year 2 with the Cubs, Sveum still doesn’t care about his image or second-guessing. He carries himself as if he’s been managing this team forever, while knowing that everyone in this job is essentially hired to be fired.

Shawn Camp played for Sveum at the Double-A affiliate for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 and 2003. The veteran reliever says: “He hasn’t changed much from Altoona to now.”

Sveum remembered his interview with the Pirates in October 2010 as “completely different” from his experience with the Cubs front office in November 2011. The Pittsburgh sit-down lasted a couple of hours, while the Cubs laid out more of a 9-to-5 schedule, asking candidates to break down video and run through game simulations and meet with the media afterward.