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Five Things About Todd Ricketts, Including His Wife's Take on His Undercover Boss Job

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Undercover Boss Todd Ricketts has a daughter who swims competitively

Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Rickets proved last night that just because you’re in the boardroom doesn’t mean you can handle cleaning a bathroom. It was amusing to see that in the real world, he would barely make it two days with the demands his club puts on his workers, but my favorite part was watching him listen to his “boss for a  day” Darryl Wilson, a maintenance worker, talk about his daughter and how he does not get to see her in the summer.

Ricketts realized that like Wilson, his daughter was 8 years old and a competitive swimmer, which brought home how much he has in common with his employees despite their obvious monetary differences. Of course, Wilson fired him after just two days because his bathroom cleaning skills stunk.

Here’s five more things about Ricketts, including the origin of his faux name on the show, Mark Dawson:

1. He is a graduate of Loyola University-Chicago and attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

2. He co-owns the team with his three siblings; they bought the Cubs last year.

3. He was chosen as the sibling to go undercover because his brother, Tom, was unable to grow a beard needed for the disguise.

4. He got the name “Mark Dawson” by mashing together the names of ex-Cubs players Mark Grace and Andre Dawson.

5. His wife says he doesn’t do a very good job cleaning the bathrooms at home, either.


Photo: CBS

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