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Cubs' New Owner: 'There Is No Curse'

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In this Oct. 14, 2003 file photo, Chicago Cubs left fielder Moises Alou's arm is seen reaching into

Bartman, in hat and headphones, is welcome back.

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Curse? What curse?

Tom Ricketts, who's taking over as chairman of baseball's Chicago Cubs now that his family has completed its $845 million purchase of the franchise, isn't one to subscribe to the many, many reasons that many, many Cubs fans think their team is cursed.

Though the team once again is not playing in a World Series, Ricketts tells NPR's Scott Simon that all the supposed curses are just myths. And as far as he's concerned, the infamous Steve Bartman (a fan who some blame for the Cubs not getting into the 2003 Series) is welcome back at Wrigley Field:

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The interview is Ricketts' first such conversation since his family took control of the team. It will air on Saturday morning's Weekend Edition. Click here to find an NPR station near you that broadcasts the show.

Ricketts also says that the family wants Cubs manager Lou Piniella and general manager Jim Hendry to stay in their jobs:

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He says the Ricketts family has no plan to replace Wrigley Field — but is going to use adjacent land to give fans and players some new amenities:

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Cubs fans know these numbers well, but for the benefit of the rest of us:

— The last time the Cubs team was in the World Series: 1945.

— The last time the Cubs won the World Series: 1908.

For even more on Scott's conversation with Rickets, click here.

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