MILWAUKEE -- Dale Sveum has every reason to believe that he's a finalist for both the Red Sox and Cubs' managerial openings. Now, all he can do is wait.
"To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by one team is great," said Sveum hours after he finished his second interview with the Red Sox here. "To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by two, and two of the greatest franchises in the game. is unbelievable.
"Nothing has been discussed beyond the interview process. It's kind of a stalemate now. The process is finished; it's just the decision-making process now. We'll wait and see."
Asked if he already considered that he might have to choose between the two clubs, Sveum said: "Yeah, I think you have to. It's a reality. But I'm kind of putting that off for now until I have to. I've got enough on my mind.''
Sveum met briefly with Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein Tuesday night while here, before having lunch with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino Wednesday afternoon.
"It went well," said Sveum of the Boston meetings. "We went through more of the interview process. It was nothing that wasn't discussed last week (when Sveum came to Boston for his first interview). It was more of a greeting and a talk than an interview. We just sat down and had lunch and talked baseball. It was nothing formal."
The Red Sox have said they intend to bring back another candidate for a second interview, but haven't made any announcements. Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, contacted late Wednesday afternoon, said he had yet to hear back from the Sox.
Sveum said he hasn't been told about a timetable from either the Red Sox and Cubs, beyond the fact that the Sox have said they would prefer to have a manager in place before Thanksgiving.
Werner told reporters: "We're going to continue the discussions Hopefully, we'll come to some conclusion in the near future."