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Making playoffs a thrill, but Tom Ricketts far from satisfied

Making playoffs a thrill, but Tom Ricketts far from satisfied

Tom Ricketts' face is easier to read than the Wrigley Field marquee, especially when asked about the idea of vindication.

Ricketts winced, pursing his lips like someone who just swallowed a lemon. The Cubs will end a regular season Sunday that felt more like a beginning, the National League wild-card play-in game looms Wednesday, and construction on the team's 101-year-old ballpark outside Ricketts' office window symbolizes progress that has made this a most satisfying year.

Has it been a vindicating one for Ricketts?

"I don't feel that,'' the Cubs chairman told the Tribune last week. "First of all, we're not there yet. Our goal is to win the World Series,...

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