Get to know: Andrew Belleson

Andrew Belleson

Condensed from the June 2010 issue of Vine Line: Wrigley Field’s got another voice this season. The Cubs’ new public address announcer, selected from a job search, tells his story. (Photo by Stephen Green)

OPENING DAY  It was a blur. It was a surreal experience. The whole thing just flew by. But once the game started and we got going, it really was relaxing, to be honest. There was a lot of buildup, so once the first pitch came, it was almost a relief.

NERVOUS?  I was most nervous to read the Ron Santo tribute because it was a big event. So once I got through that, I felt good and everything else really flowed very nicely, I think.

THE AUDITIONS  My sister called me initially about four weeks ago and said, ‘Maybe send them a tape,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’ve got nothing to lose.’ So we did a YouTube video—it was the best way to get my video to the Cubs so they could see it. There were just under 3,000 people, and they narrowed it down to 25. After that, I came here and did a live audition at Wrigley Field. Then they narrowed it down to four, and we came back and did one more audition. The Friday before Opening Day they made their final decision.

WOW!  It sounds cliché, but I was shocked. I really was. It still hasn’t really sunk in. I feel like I’m in a big trial period. It’s unbelievable to come here every day. It’s the biggest honor in the world to me.

BIG-LEAGUE DREAMS  I love broadcasting. I love announcing in any form, any sport. When I was a kid, I used to announce Cubs games in the living room. I had a microphone collection. It definitely was always something I loved, for whatever reason. It was definitely always a part of my life.

THE MOTIVATION  I was a big Harry Caray fan. The first time I heard him, I just was really intrigued by him, and that’s really why I became a Cubs fan. That first summer when I was 8, after I discovered Harry, we came to a game at Wrigley. Ever since then, I was hooked.

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