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Sans Zambrano, Cubs Can Change Culture

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Whenever the Cubs reflect on the 2011 season, this weekend will go down as the most promising. And it has little to do with taking two out of three from the Braves.

The Cubs picked up something greater in Atlanta than just a couple of games in the win column. They gained opportunity.

Nearly two years after Chairman Tom Ricketts officially purchased the Cubs, the chance to begin a complete culture change finally arrived. That never could happen with Carlos Zambrano in a Cubs uniform. The size of Zambrano's contract limited payroll flexibility; the depth of his mood swings contaminated clubhouse camaraderie. He was...

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