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Cubs Thursday Headlines: Undercover Ricketts

Apr. 12, 2010 - Chicago, United States - epa02114000 The new owner of the Chicago Cubs Tom Ricketts walks on the field before the game between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukkee Brewers in their Major League Baseball season-opening game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA 12 April 2010.
Tom sent Todd to do the dirty work


The first I heard of a possible "Undercover Boss" being filmed at Wrigley Field yesterday was on Paul Sullivan's twitter feed. So you can imagine that I was skeptical about it. But now we have confirmation from none other than Dave Kaplan.

I have learned that Todd Ricketts just completed nine days of shooting today on an episode of the popular CBS show "Undercover Boss" at Wrigley Field. Ricketts was in complete disguise including a beard and was not recognized by any Cubs employee as he performed a variety of jobs including hot dog vendor and security guard.

The family looked at this as a great way to learn the inner workings of the business from the ground floor up, despite the poor season. We hear that Ricketts really connected with his "fellow employees".

It's probably the first time since high school that Todd has spent with anyone making less than $100,000 a year. Someone from CBS said that it might be the best "Undercover Boss" ever! And now that the Rickettses know how everything works, we can expect nothing but good things to come.
As for the actual game, it was far less interesting. Brett Myers pitched well for the Astros, Randy Wells didn't pitch well for the Cubs.

On the other side, Cubs starter Randy Wells also has been consistent, but not in a good way. Giving up 4 runs in 6 innings Wednesday, Wells fell to 6-13 with just 1 victory since July 28.

"I pretty much had to throw what was working tonight," Wells said. "Outside of the sinker and the slider, I didn't have a whole lot to go to.

"Watching the tape, it just came down to not establishing the inside. You become predictable. Guys were leaning out over the plate on me. You have to do something about that, and I didn't."


Starlin Castro was allowed to take off his dunce cap and come out of the corner for last night's game. There's no word on whether or not he had to write anything on the chalkboard a thousand times.

In his first game back in the lineup Wednesday, Castro booted a ball for his 23rd error of the season in the first inning but then made several sharp defensive plays -- including play with the bases loaded in the sixth in which he ranged to the other side of the bag for a grounder, then spun and threw to first for the out.

''He makes an error in the first and then settles down and plays a good game -- I was thrilled to see that,'' Quade said.

''He understands where I'm coming from, and we talked at length about his youth and all of that. It's just a step in the process of growing. That's the way I look at it.''



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19 Comments

JulieDiCaro said:

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a)I think Starlin made his first error in the first inning last night. Good job, Mike.

b) Colin ate his breakfast sitting inside a closed cardboard box this morning. :S

AndCounting said:

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re: b) Mine said he wanted to eat a diesel engine. He settled on oatmeal.

plamorte said:

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re: b) Dexter ate breakfast, went outside and pooped then 10 minutes later shit all over my bedroom carpet.

Edelweiss said:

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Now that he is in High School, maybe you should potty train him.

AndCounting said:

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"...we talked at length about his youth and all of that. It's just a step in the process of growing."

Good strategy from Quade there. He talked to Starlin about his youth for so long, the kid can no longer be considered young. Quade's made a man out of Starlin. A very, old, embittered, confused man.

sloan peterson said:

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So in the end of the "Undercover Boss" episode, Ricketts adopts Starlin? Then it would be "a very special"episode indeed......

Teebob2000 said:

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... but it's still ultimately a heart-warming family comedy, so Starlin only *thinks* he's been adopted (due to the obvious language barrier), while Ricketts thinks he's hired Castro to be his gardener in the off-season. Hijinks ensue.

Doc said:

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It was a much better strategy than Sandberg would have used...sticking Starlin in a closet with a carton of cigarettes and not letting him out until he has smoked every single one of them.

flyball said:

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how much does ABC or CBS or whomever (was that the right use of whomever? it sounded right, which probably means it was wrong) pay for Undercover Boss? You think this money goes to improving the concession stands?

Doc said:

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I was hoping the money would go to getting a good, solid left handed bat in the lineup...but improved concession stands is just as good.

sloan peterson said:

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Or maybe the $$ will be used for a focus group on the Cubs 2011 Marketing campaign....

sloan peterson said:

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Maybe they will work on the restrooms again, and put in those troughs I hear about...

AndCounting said:

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Whoever.

Doc said:

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You can tell this is an off-day. This place is D-E-D dead!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I thought you all hung out here because of my dazzling wit. Now I know it's just for baseball. :(

JulieDiCaro said:

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way to keep the thread going in my absence, kids.

13 comments? losers.

baturkey said:

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We put the fun in dysfunctional!

Teebob2000 said:

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*crickets*

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