Chicago Cubs Co-Owner goes Undercover Boss

Posted on: November 8, 2010

Now I am firmly convinced that this show is staged. When Tom Ricketts, Co-Owner of the Chicago Cubs, went undercover on his first job cleaning bathrooms at Wrigley Field, he gets fired.

First of all, this is his is first day on the job and while he wasn’t the fastest cleaner in the world, you have to give a person a chance to understand what needs to be done and how to do it. Second, when you get fired, the guy firing you isn’t smiling and laughing about it. Anyone who has been fired or had to fire someone doesn’t show this type of humor. It is serious business and you feel sorry for the person and try to make the firing a bit easier on them.

But this show is running out of ideas and I’m sure the producers decided to spice it up and get someone fired. This show is running border-line boring.

Then when he works with Jose as a parking lot attendant, he disappears for a while to keep his undercover from a friend who sees him. Jose told him out right that if he did that, he would be fired. Oh my, Mr. Ricketts is a real bumbling idiot isn’t he? No, that’s how the producers want to stage the show.

Then Mr. Ricketts works as a hot dog vendor and his boss, Rocco, sees him dump hot dogs. He asks him about the hot dogs and Ricketts lies to him about dumping the hot dogs. But he did pay for them before he dumped them, so this makes it okay, right? Gosh this is getting better than a daytime soap opera, with lies and deceit that includes twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat – NOT!

The only good thing about this show was the behind the scenes from the ball park. Who doesn’t like going to a baseball park? It is America’s national past-time and watching what happens at a big operation is fun to watch.

Over three million people visit Wrigley Field each year. The Ricketts family bought the ball park a couple of years ago for $845million. I think they made a good investment.

Next week we check out another staged show of the owner of Lucky Strike bowling alley. Never heard of them, but I’m sure it will be another episode in how the “Undercover Boss Turns.”

Until later,



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