How do you know? That was the question hanging over the Cubs and White Sox and two rookie managers last spring.

Would the guy who won the interview win over the clubhouse, the media and the fans while keeping the peace with the front office?

Each search had its own logic, with Cubs president Theo Epstein deciding to hire Terry Francona 2.0 instead of the manager who helped him win two World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox. The White Sox went with an outside-the-box choice, a big name without any of Ozzie Guillen’s explosiveness (or experience).

Dale Sveum and Robin Ventura – who were once briefly teammates on the South Side – now appear to be two very good educated guesses. Year 2 continued on Thursday at HoHoKam Stadium, with the White Sox beating the Cubs 8-3.

Sveum didn’t flip out during a 101-loss season. He gave a no-big-deal shrug when it came out that Hall of Fame buddy Robin Yount shot his ear while quail hunting in Arizona over the winter. So why would he get fired up about another Cactus League exhibition?

Ventura has a similar sense of calm, and that’s why both Chicago teams feel like they have the right guys for jobs that are at once everything and nothing alike.