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|Lou Gone, Z Has Meltdown, and Cubs' Drought Endures
|CHICAGO (AP) -- As a longtime Cubs fan, Tom Ricketts knew well the history of the team he now owns and its long tradition of grabbing headlines without winning a World Series title.
This time he got to see it up-close and from a different angle as the guy in charge. And Year One under Ricketts ended just like the previous 101 -- without a championship. Not that the season wasn't eventful.
Manager Lou Piniella retired in August, former ace Carlos Zambrano had another meltdown that led to him undergoing anger management counseling and three players who played pivotal roles in winning division titles in 2007 and 2008 -- Ted Lilly, Derrek Lee and Ryan Theriot -- were traded away.
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