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Cubs PA announcer on audition process, job

Cubs PA announcer on audition process, job

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Posted: 10:35 a.m.

By Jamie Bradley
CSNChicago.com

With Opening Day at Wrigley Field right around the corner, Andrew Belleson, the Chicago Cubs new public address announcer, stopped by "The Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday morning to talk about his new job and the audition process that landed him the gig.

Despite the competition, with more than 3,000 people applying for the position, Belleson said he wasnt nervous throughout the process.

Through the audition process it was more of an anxious thing as you waited, said Belleson. The whole thing was really a lot of fun.

But, as Patrick pointed out, interviewing in an empty stadium is far different then talking into the microphone in front a packed Opening-Day crowd.

Itll definitely be different with 40,000 people, Belleson said, And you know how Opening Day goes; its just a special atmosphere anyway.

So, are there any names on the roster that worry him?

Not on the Cubs, but definitely when you get visiting teams in, said Belleson. He admitted that with a team like the Pirates, that has lots of players moving up and down between the major and minor leagues throughout the course of the season, he will definitely check on pronunciations.

Catch "The Dan Patrick Show" Monday-Friday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

Cubs' Ben Zobrist has travel issues just like us

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Cubs' Ben Zobrist has travel issues just like us

Even World Series MVP's have travel headaches. 

Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist was a late scratch from Tuesday night's lineup because of a rental car mix-up in Nashville, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers and WSCR's Mark Grote

So Ian Happ had to fill in. When the Cubs' glue guy finally did show up, though, he made his presence felt immediately by smacking a pinch-hit, two-run double to give the North Siders an 8-6 lead: 

Zobrist finished with three RBIs off the bench, but this story is truly great because of the Twitter reaction it inspired: 

[MORE: Anthony Rizzo, the greatest third baseman ever?] 

So think about that next time you're on the cusp of complaining about traffic, Metra or the CTA. 

Anthony Rizzo, the greatest third baseman ever?

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Anthony Rizzo, the greatest third baseman ever?

Look out, Kris Bryant: Anthony Rizzo might be coming for you.

After Bryant suffered a left hand contusion in the top of the eighth inning during Tuesday's 13-9 win over Cincinnati, Joe Maddon shuffled his infield by moving Rizzo from first to third base for the first time in his career to replace the reigning NL MVP and it didn't take long for the Cubs to take advantage of the rare occurence on social media:

Pretty amazing that in one season he's been dubbed the greatest leadoff hitter of all-time and best third baseman ever.

Here's another cool fact:

Earlier this season, Rizzo became second-base eligible in ESPN and CBS Sports fantasy leagues because of a weird rule that allows him to switch positions with how the Cubs defend certain bunt situations. 

At this rate, he may become eligible for every infield position. Next up, shortstop?