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Updated: March 2, 2014 10:24PM



MESA, Ariz. — Dale Sveum still hasn’t gotten together with the guy who fired him five months ago.

“But we’ve texted and talked on the phone a little bit,” the ex-Cubs manager said of team president Theo Epstein. “We’ll go to dinner before it’s all over.”

They should have plenty to talk about, considering Sveum still doesn’t believe he’s been given justification for being fired, though he says he’s long moved past any bitterness.

“You understand that we have all these jobs to someday be fired. That’s just the way the business is,” he said.

Sveum, the third-base coach for the Kansas City Royals, made his only scheduled trip of the spring to Mesa to face his old team Sunday but didn’t get out to the nearby lake he said last year he planned to fish. He did visit with several old Cubs friends, even stopping on his way to the third-base coaching box at one point to embrace catching coach Mike Borzello and pitching coach Chris Bosio.

“People have asked me, ‘Would you do things differently?’ No,” said Sveum, who hopes to manage again. “If I could come up with some things — I don’t have a big ego — then, yeah. …

“Communication was what it was, people knew what their jobs were and their roles were. I demanded you to play hard and prepare, and we did do that.”

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