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Statement from the Ricketts family and Cubs manager Lou Piniella on passing of George Steinbrenner
07/13/2010 1:59 PM ET

CHICAGO - The Ricketts Family and Cubs manager Lou Piniella issued the following statements today upon the passing of New York Yankees Principal Owner/Chairperson George Steinbrenner.

"My family and I are sad to learn of the passing of George Steinbrenner early this morning," said Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. "He will be truly missed by players, fans and all of Major League Baseball. George will be remembered for the leader he was, the championships he brought into being and his many contributions to America's pastime. My family and all of Cubs Nation send our condolences to the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees and their fans."

"George was like a father figure to me," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella. "He treated me well, he treated me fair and he gave me a wonderful opportunity to play and manage the game we all love. George will be remembered as one of the most influential and renowned owners of a franchise in sports history. He leaves a legacy of winning and an unwavering passion for success. My wife Anita and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees organization. George was very special to me and I loved him."

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