Everything You Need to Know About Wrigley Field Beer Vendors
Cubs fever is upon ush as we all pray to the baseball gods for a Chicago Cubs 2015 World Series win. If you have deep pockets that can afford the postseason ticket prices, then here's some interesting facts you need to know about the all mighty Wrigley Field beer vendors. Show them some respect next time you see them, they've earned it!
A writer from Thrillist.com recently followed Rocco Caputo, a Wrigley Field beer vendor with 32 years and counting on the job, to get an inside look of what it takes to wet the whistles of fans in the Friendly Confines. Turns out, it's a way more serious undertaking that we may have thought:
- A beer vendor at Wrigley Field is considered an ambassador of Chicago, and only people who are capable of decades of dedication are cut out for it.
- It take a LONG time to move up the ranks. Veterans of the job get first pick off beer brands and a regularly assigned territory. Plus, if attendance is low, rookie beer vendors get moved down to selling hotdogs or pop.
- A good vendor keeps track and takes care of his season ticket holders, which gains them a massive and devoted fan base in return.
- There's a ton of things that affect beer sales such as day games vs. night games, pitching changes, and rivalry teams. A good beer vendor knows the best times to really "work it."
- A great game equals great beer sales. An ideal situation is that the Cubs score a batch of runs early in the game, not so many that it's a blowout and fans leave, but enough to keep everyone engaged and sticking around for that extra beer or two.
- Spilled beer hurts their personal pocket book. Not only do they have to worry about knocking people with their beer tubs or cutting a finger on the can lids, but if they drop a beer, they have to pay for it.
- Some vendors will work a (gasp!) White Sox games too, although they sling way more beer at Cubs games.
- Beer vendors can earn a five-figure salary each season if they work all home games.
- Selling beer at Wrigley Field is a great second-job option, due to great part-time flexibility. (and free way to see every home game, DUH!)
- It's o.k. to sing while you work; catch attention by literally singing for tips and for attention.