Dale Sveum can look disheveled standing in the Cubs' dugout with his perpetual five o'clock shadow. During the Cubs Convention, a fan complained to Chairman Tom Ricketts that Sveum looked like he "slept under a bridge." "I think Dale presents himself really well in things that matter," President Theo Epstein said last month of the fan's critique. "It was funny. When we get to the postseason, Dale will find a suit to wear to the press conferences." The question is whether Sveum will last long enough with the Cubs to get a chance to wear that suit. Before Monday's 5-4, 13-inning loss to Reds, Sveum was asked if he ever thought about his future with the Cubs playing so poorly. "Yeah, I'd be lying if you didn't think about yourself through some of this stuff too," he said. "But that's stuff you don't have control over. I've got control over my job and the coaching staff to prepare everybody every day in spring training and this and that, and that's all I can do." Luis Valbuena's two-run homer off Alfredo Simon gave the Cubs a two-run lead in the 13th, but Dave Sappelt turned a single into a double by letting Brandon Phillips' blooper off Michael Bowden get past him while attempting a diving catch. Sveum didn't blame Sappelt for the diving attempt, saying "he was trying to make a great play. He almost did and it would've changed the game around. But just came up a little short." Jay Bruce's two-run double tied it again at 4-4, before Cesar Izturis ended it with an RBI single to left. "We battled and we were right there again," starter Travis Wood said. "We've got to figure out a way when we're right there to either hang onto it or pull it out."
Cubs' latest loss won't help Sveum's mood
Chicago Tribune | Apr 23