On May 2, I had the incredible opportunity to interview Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. Below are some of the questions I asked him, and to listen to the interview, check out The Jay Doherty Podcast or click the audio file above.
- Out of curiosity, how did you come up with the idea of buying a baseball team?
- What changed in your life, personally when you became the owner of a major league sports team?
- Chicago Cubs Charities is a huge program involving many charities. For the viewers who don’t know, could you talk about its mission?
- Cubs Charities began in the 1980’s with cancer research. Since then, it is reported that donations to Cubs Charities have expanded by more than 40 percent since your family assumed control of the team. What do you attribute to that kind of success?
- The Cubs announced their 2018 slogan as “Everybody’s In”. This morning’s breakfast was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics: The Special Olympics is an inclusion movement too with 5 million athletes competing to win medals in 172 countries: What do you think the Cubs players could learn from the Special Olympic Athlete and what might the Special Olympic Athlete learn from the Cubs?
- The Cubs were wearing #MSDStrong shirts before the start of the Opening Day game against the Marlins in Miami when Anthony Rizzo, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, hit a home run and pointed up to the sky in tribute to the Parkland victims. That felt like a spiritual moment that transcended baseball. I was curious what were your thoughts as you witnessed this moment?
- I saw your juggling act video at a recent Cubs Charities event where $1.8million was raised for sports and health initiatives for Chicago’s at risk kids. . Is there any favorite event involving Cubs Charities which you want to tell us about?
Jay Doherty 2018