Ex-teammates Sveum, Ventura catch up

Cubs manager Dale Sveum and White Sox skipper Robin Ventura met as first-year managers before their teams played Friday, but their relationship extended back decades.

They competed against each other in the late 1980s, and they were teammates for a short while on the White Sox in 1992.

"That's one of the most disappointing things, only playing with Robin for 40 games," Sveum said. "He is just one of those special guys, he has an incredible personality, but you would not know he is so sarcastic. He is just a guy you get around and understand how he does things, very quiet but very efficient. He is the right man for the job."

Many people consider the two cut out of the same cloth when it comes to their baseball approach.

"We have a little bit of the same personality and knowledge of the game," Sveum said. "We paid attention when we played and a lot of things like that. He has a little more hair than I have. When I was there (1992) he put a video up of my bald head (at a team party) so I will never forget that. I so owe him one."

The two managers spent time catching up before Friday's game, posing for pictures and helping kick off a charity campaign that will pay $500 to each team's charity arms when both clubs win on the same day this season.

Sveum also recollected how the White Sox were the main rivals of the Brewers when Sveum was their shortstop.

"They stopped our winning streak at 14 to start the 1987 season at old Comiskey Park," Sveum said.