Employees of a minor league baseball team in Iowa received the surprise of a lifetime when they were given bonus checks worth thousands of dollars just days after Christmas.
에 따르면 Des Moines Register, Michael Gartner, the longtime chairman and principal owner of the Iowa Cubs, invited the team’s 23 full-time employees to a meeting on Dec. 28. The Cubs had just finalized a sale to new ownership and Gartner wanted to offer the team business cards, he told the employees.
“Everybody kind of laughed and at that point just with his tone, we knew there was going to be more than just business cards,” Iowa Cubs broadcaster Alex Cohen told the newspaper.
Instead of business cards, inside envelopes given to employees were bonus checks worth $2,000 for every year they had been with the team.
“It was pretty crazy,” Cohen said of the reaction. “People were crying and shaking.”
In all, $600,000 was given out to employees, NS 뉴욕 타임즈 보고.
“My jaw dropped,” Cohen told the 타임스. “It’s an industry where you work really hard, and sometimes you don’t get compensated like that.”
Gartner is a journalist and former president of NBC News, and has been with the team since he and a group of associates purchased it two decades ago, 에 따르면 [object Window]. The team is affiliated with the MLB’s Chicago Cubs.
The 83-year-old thought of the idea to surprise Cubs’ employees before the team was sold to Diamond Baseball Holdings, which is part of the sports and entertainment company, Endeavor.
Gartner pitched the gesture to the club’s four other co-owners, who all were on board with the idea.
One employee, Scott Sailor, was given $46,000 위해 23 years he has worked with the team, NS 타임스 보고.
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“A lot of those people have worked for us for over 20 연령, and they’ve helped us build a successful team,” Gartner told the outlet. “They’re just fantastic people.”
He added to the [object Window]: “None of us gave it a second thought.”