DALLAS — Cubs manager Dale Sveum could have been the manager of the Red Sox. But his interview with John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino in Milwaukee last month did not lead to a job offer.
Svuem signed with the Cubs the next day and the Red Sox eventually turned to Bobby Valentine.
“I don’t know if it was a surprise or not. It was basically that time where somebody was going to offer me a job or not offer me a job,” Sveum said. “So the Cubs offered me the job first and that’s kind of where it ended up anyway, after my second interview. After going through all those second interviews, it was just nice to get one offer.”
Sveum did expect he would leave Milwaukee with a job.
“I can’t say I wasn’t pretty optimistic, when you go back for your second interviews and you’re talking to owners and you get that far to talk to owners, you feel like you’ve got a chance,” he said.
Sveum was certainly interested in the Red Sox.
“When you’re in these big markets it magnifies everything and creates an atmosphere every single night that sometimes you don’t get in other cities or something,” he said. “When you manage in these cities with the spotlight is on yourself and the team all the time it makes it a lot more enticing to have one of these jobs.”