Life has a funny way of working out sometimes.

Dale Sveum was seemingly in line to become the Red Sox manager last fall before management vacillated, giving the Cubs an opening to swoop in and grab him.

Alfonso Soriano was on the Giants' radar at last month's trade deadline before the veteran outfielder told the Cubs he was unwilling to waive his 10-and-5 rights to play for them.

Now Sveum is going through one of baseball's most difficult rebuilding projects with the Cubs, while first-year Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is being blamed for that team's underachieving ways.