Results tagged ‘ Todd Ricketts ’

2/18 Mesa, Spring Training update

The Cubs have not picked an architect yet to build their new Spring Training complex but do expect to break ground in the fall and hope to have it completely ready by February 2014. Todd Ricketts, one of the team’s owners who is coordinating the Cubs’ Spring Training efforts, stopped by the team’s current facility on Friday for an update. Last November, Mesa voters overwhelmingly approved plans for an $84 million complex in the Riverview Park area.

Ricketts has met with the Cubs athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and Minor League coordinators to get their wish list for the 50,000-square foot facility. The team is still deciding whether to combine the Minor League and Major League complex, or have them separate. A 15,000-seat stadium also will be built on the site. The Cubs’ current ballpark, HoHoKam Park, seats 12,500.

Ricketts has toured all of the Cactus League facilities and taken notes. This spring, the Rockies and Diamondbacks will open their new complex.

“There has been a ‘Keep up with the Joneses’ mentality with all these Spring Training facilities,” Ricketts said. “We’re less about the glitz and we’re more about the business.

“We want a facility that will be able to help us win,” he said. “That’s what we’re looking for. I don’t know if that means having a state of the art hydrotherapy table or not. We’ll have some of those things but at the end of the day, it’s simple — getting your body in shape and getting the players ready to play. It’s a simple thing — you just need a little space to do it.”

— Carrie Muskat

10/25 Undercover boss to air Nov. 7

The TV show “Undercover Boss” episode featuring Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts is scheduled to air Nov. 7. Ricketts apparently was fired on his second day on the job as a Wrigley Field maintenance worker, according to the Chicago Tribune. He also parked cars, was a vendor, worked with the grounds crew and even emptied trash. Todd grew facial hair and wore glasses as part of his disguise. The show features top executives switching jobs.

— Carrie Muskat

9/9 Pedaling for a good cause

Cubs board member Todd Ricketts and SRAM executive vice president F.K. Day will host the inaugural “Wrigley Field Road Tour…100 Miles to Go” century ride on Saturday. The charity bike ride kicks off from Wrigley Field at 8 a.m. CT and ends 100 miles later at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The aim is to raise funding, awareness and support for World Bicycle Relief and Chicago Cubs Charities. Todd Ricketts, his brother Pete, and Day will participate.

“This event is an amazing thing that is going to benefit a lot of people worldwide,” Todd Ricketts said.

World Bicycle Relief was founded by bicycle industry leaders SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycle Corporation in 2005 with the mission to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles to impoverished communities throughout the world. There will be 163 bike riders pedaling for a cause. Through Tuesday, they had raised more than $105,000.

“We are all amazed by how well the ride has been received,” Todd Ricketts said. “We knew people would want to participate and help the cause, but we didn’t anticipate it taking off so quickly. We’re really impressed.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/8 Undercover Cubs

Cubs officials were mum about rumors that owner Todd Ricketts took part in the television show, “Undercover Boss.” The show features a high-ranking executive going undercover in an entry-level position in his or her own company. Ricketts was believed to have spent time as a member of the Wrigley Field grounds crew and security staff.

— Carrie Muskat

7/16 Chicago to Milwaukee bike ride

Chicago Cubs board member Todd Ricketts and F.K. Day from SRAM, a premier manufacturer and innovator in the cycling industry, will host the inaugural “Wrigley Field Road Tour: 100 Miles To Go” century ride on Sept. 11. Bikers will ride from Wrigley Field to Miller Park in Milwaukee. Proceeds will benefit Chicago Cubs Charities and World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that provides bicycles and bicycle education to children in Africa.

There are approximately 150 spots available for the tour. A $300 ride fee includes registration and a donation as well as one ride jersey, one long-sleeved T-shirt, food and drink at all rest stops, an engraved WBR bicycle bell, a reserved ticket to the game and transportation back to Chicago. The Cubs are also offering a handful of incentive packages for participants who raise $1,000 in addition to the $300 ride fee. Those packages include two tickets to Opening Day 2011 at Wrigley Field and an autographed piece of Cubs memorabilia.

Additionally, the top 10 fundraisers will be rewarded with tickets to a game with Todd Ricketts; the top fundraiser will be awarded the coveted SRAM Red Grupo.

The goal is to raise money and awareness for World Bicycle Relief, an organization created in 2005 by bike industry leaders SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycle to provide individuals in impoverished communities with sturdy bicycles. World Bicycle Relief bikes allow recipients access to education, health care and economic development opportunities.

Throughout the ride, there will be six rest stops, approximately 15 miles apart, with refreshments and healthy snacks to re-energize bicyclists. The fourth stop, in Kenosha, will include a full lunch provided by Harry Caray’s restaurants. At the end of their long journey, riders will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy watching the Cubs play the Brewers at 6:10 PM in one of two exclusive seating areas for charity bike ride participants. Charter buses provided by the Cubs will serve as storage for bicycles during the game and provide participants with transportation back to Wrigley Field once the game is over.

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— Carrie Muskat 

1/17/10 Dominican trip

Tom and Todd Ricketts were to visit the Cubs’ academy in the Dominican Republic this week. Player development director Oneri Fleita said he will travel with the two Ricketts brothers, part of the family ownership group that took control of the team in late October, on Monday. Todd Ricketts will attend at least one Winter League game. The team’s training facility is located near Boca Chica.

— Carrie Muskat