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Cubs owner facing his first 'next year'

'Disappointed' Tom Ricketts has a lot to consider after rough debut season

Updated: September 26, 2010, 11:27 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Tom Ricketts had three years to prepare to be the owner of the Cubs.

But nothing could groom the young financial whiz for the bitter realities of "Year 1" of his family's reign atop the city's most luckless franchise.

If Ricketts thought the process to purchase the Cubs was onerous, watching 2010 unfold from his front-row seats probably made dueling with Sam Zell seem enjoyable.

OK, not really. But it was a pretty lousy season.

As the home portion of ...

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