Cubs Board of Directors member Todd Ricketts got fired from a Cubs maintenance job on his second day at work! Say what? That's right. Ricketts, who owns a bicycle shop in Highland Park, went undercover for the show "Undercover Boss." which is set to air at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7. To try and hide who he was, he grew a beard and even wore glasses. So that explains all the cameras around Wrigley Field taping from Aug. 30 - Sept. 8.â†µ â†µ
I watched one day as camera crews followed the grounds crew around wondering what was going on. The next day, I saw a cameraman in the bleachers and asked what was going on. I was told some kind of documentary was being shot at Wrigley and other ballparks. It turns out the day I asked the camerman was the day they were following Ricketts around as he went undercover as a vendor. He also worked in the Captain Morgan Club, parked cars and even emptied trash outside Wrigley Field.â†µ â†µ
The object of "Undercover Boss" is to take top executives who normally have no clue what happens the trenches of their companies and puts them in the middle of those jobs, working alongside their employees. At the end of each segment, the boss reveals him or herself to the employees. In this case, Wrigley Field was closed on Sept. 8 and Ricketts revealed himself to employees during a pizza party.â†µ â†µ
What a great way to get to know your company and employees. Can you imagine Tribune Co. ever consenting to do that?