MESA, Ariz. -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura joked that Sunday's extra-inning victory over the Cubs would have meant more if Cubs manager Dale Sveum was in attendance and not in Las Vegas with the team's split-squad roster against the Rangers. The two played together on the White Sox in 1992, and before the first 2012 Cactus League contest between the Cubs and White Sox, Sveum heaped praise upon his counterpart and friend.
"I'm disappointed I didn't get to play a lot longer with Robin. He's one of those special guys," Sveum said. "He's got an incredible personality. He's quick and very sarcastic. I admired it when I was there for 40 days.
"He's that guy who people can get around and understand the way he does things -- it's very quiet but very efficient. He's definitely the right guy for the job who hasn't had the chance to manage anywhere else. He's the guy who's capable of stepping right in and doing things. He knows the game as well as anybody. He knows the ins and outs and he's the kind of guy people will follow."