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"It's not personal," Ricketts said, adding that Reinsdorf had been helpful in giving him advice as he sought to buy the Cubs. "We'll get to the end of the line. We'll get something done there. I'm confident it's just a matter of working through the legislative process."
Ricketts said the team had not yet chosen a site for the new complex because they wanted to make sure a financial agreement was completed first.
Ricketts said there had been no discussions about adding more night games or personal seat licenses at Wrigley Field. But he said he wouldn't rule PSLs out for the future.
On the team itself, he said manager Lou Piniella's future with the Cubs will be handled by general manager Jim Hendry. Piniella is in the fourth and final year of his contract.
"I think Lou is a great person and a great manager," Ricketts said. "Next year is really between Jim and Lou ... It's Jim's decision who comes in as manager."
As a longtime Cubs fan who met his wife in the Wrigley bleachers and once lived across the street from the neighborhood park, Ricketts and his family can really relate to the long-suffering fans of a team that has not won the World Series since 1908.
When he addressed the team in spring training, Ricketts said he didn't get nervous until he turned around and saw Greg Maddux, the 355-game winner who started his career with the Cubs in 1986 and is now an assistant to Hendry.
Maddux has a new job. And so does Ricketts.
"I was joking with some neighbors, like, hopefully we don't start 1-2 and everyone says, 'Same old, same old,'" Ricketts said. "It's great right now and a lot of fans have come up and said hi. Everyone is excited and respectful, they just want to get the season started."
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