Undercover Boss, Season 2, Episode 7 featured Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts Sunday night on CBS doing Wrigley Field jobs. His father paid 845 million bucks for the team, and he, along with his siblings, help run the club. Todd Ricketts went undercover with a beard as Mark Dawson for Season 2, Episode 7 of Undercover Boss. The man learned just how hard his employees work to help the fans have a good experience at the old ballpark.
Chicago Cubs Co-Owner Todd Ricketts Throws Away Good Hot Dogs on Undercover Boss, Season 2, Episode 7
At Wrigley Field, he first had to clean the bathrooms with Darryl. The johns are hosed down and a cleaner is then applied to the floor, but of course, the co-owner of the Cubbies isn’t working fast enough. Todd Ricketts doesn’t sweep fast enough either and learns that there are no radios for communication between the workers, that the workers use their own cell phones to communicate. The break room is decrepit, too. Darryl has worked 24 years doing his job, and is motivated by his daughter, who swims. He complains about a lack of suggestion boxes, where his suggestion is for more family times for the employees at the ballpark. Todd Ricketts is then let go by Darryl for not being a good enough worker.
Later on Season 2, Episode 7 of the CBS hit show, the team’s co-owner sells hot dogs. Rocco, a 28 year veteran of vending, shows him the ropes of pitching them in Wrigley Field, but it’s apparent that Todd Ricketts doesn’t have the sales touch, lacking an aggressive voice to begin with. But as he gets more into it, Ricketts just doesn’t make that many sales on Undercover Boss. He threw away the remaining four hot dogs in his lot (even though he paid for them out of his pocket), but denies throwing them away to Rocco.
Undercover Boss, Season 2, Episode 7 Sees Todd Ricketts Find His Calling Switching Wrigley Field Scoreboard Numbers for the Chicago Cubs
At a parking lot, Todd Ricketts gets to help park cars with Jose. But his parking techniques initially don’t maximize parking space. Then he’s horrified that his college roommate spots him, and he has to stop working to explain to his old buddy what he’s doing so as not to blow his cover, but almost gets “fired” for disappearing from his job post on Undercover Boss, Season 2, Episode 7. Jose said that there used to be a heated and air conditioned trailer for him, but it was taken away. Jose doesn’t have enough money to take the amount of ESL teaching classes he desires.
The next job that the Chicago Cubs co-owner gets to do on Season 2, Episode 7 of Undercover Boss is work with Joe of the grounds crew. He learns that the tarp is heavier than it looks and puts too much “chicken feed” on the infield dirt, but seems to get along with ground crew. Joe wants to better himself, and hopes to use his degree in business management for an upper level job with the Chicago Cubs. Lastly, Ricketts wants to prove himself to Darryl (after blowing it in restrooms) by trying to switch numbers in the scoreboard, which he’s actually adequate at.
Todd Ricketts Pitches Some Goodies to His Employees on Season 2, Episode 7 of Undercover Boss
The co-owner suggests to his siblings a Family Appreciation Night for the employees, a communication system for the facilites employees, a better break room, and an air conditioned-heated trailer, plus a suggestion box. These and other things are being planned for the 2011 season.
When the reveal time comes, the co-owner is clean shaven, and shocks the people he worked with when they find out who he really is. As for the goodies, Rocco gets to be the first recipient of The Wrigley Field Award, which gives him a $1000 and some other perks like throwing out the first pitch in the 2010 home finale. Joe gets to work a paid internship in the marketing department of the Chicago Cubs. Jose gets the rest of his ESL teaching classes paid for so he can teach kids, and personal letters of recommendation for job applications. Darryl gets a Family Appreciation Day for him and the facilities crew. His daughter gets personal swimming lessons with the Northwestern head swimming coach, plus his family gets to be Ricketts’ personal guest at spring training in Arizona, as revealed on Undercover Boss, Season 2, Episode 7.
And maybe the new Chicago Cubs owners will plan on finding a way to rid the team’s curse, too.
“Chicago Cubs”, Undercover Boss, November 7, 2010, CBS