Iowa Cubs owner leaves staff with incredible, heartwarming gift
With the holidays upon us, what better time of year to read about heartwarming tales and witness the best of humanity?
This story comes to us courtesy of the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.
Michael Gartner has spent the last 22 years as the principal owner of the Iowa Cubs but sold the team earlier this month to Endeavor, a holding company for talent and media agencies based in Calfornia.
As Gartner’s two-decade tour leading the I-Cubs came to a close this week, the owner went out on a high note.
At a company gathering at Principal Park, Gartner handed out envelopes to all 23 of the team’s full-time employees. Inside each envelope was a check as Gartner shared some of the profits of the team’s sale from the ownership group.
The sum of the checks ranged from $70,000 to the most tenured staff member on down. The total came out to a whopping $600,000.
Not a dry eye in the place when they told us. Single-most generous gesture I’ve ever seen. It was a really special moment.— Alex Cohen (@voiceofcohen) December 29, 2021
A huge thank you to all those @sailor643 mentioned. Will never forget it. https://t.co/yKEuxgM4yv
As one could imagine, the ownership group’s selfless act inspired a slew of powerful emotions inside the ballpark lounge.