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Cubs have 'unflappable' new leader

Friends say Dale Sveum won't back down from anything, and that bodes well for Cubs

Updated: November 18, 2011, 8:19 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- No need to worry about the new Chicago Cubs manager being tough enough.

And that's not even a reference to the bone sticking out of his leg after his left fielder collided with him as they were going for a fly ball that day in 1988, forever altering his career.

Nor is it to the Harley he rides or the tattoos he sports. He drives the pickup more often than not, and the tattoos are mostly a tribute to his father, George, who passed away in 1992, and his wife, Darlene.

"That ...

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