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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' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez made a big announcement on Monday: he and his wife, Irmarie, are expecting a second child. 

Báez revealed the news in an adorable social media post with the help of his 2-year-old son, Adrian.

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Congrats to the Báez family!

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Cubs GM Jed Hoyer on unrest in Chicago: 'There's so much tension in the world'

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer on unrest in Chicago: 'There's so much tension in the world'

Cubs manager David Ross learned on Monday of the previous night’s unrest in downtown Chicago from his players. Some lived close enough for it to wake them up.

“I just listened to their stories,” Ross said. “I just feel like every day there’s something new. And I hope … our world gets back to being better in so many ways: health, society, emotionally, trying to get back to loving one another as best we can, as human beings.”

Police, responding to a call about a man with a gun, shot a young man in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Sunday afternoon. According to police, the individual was 20 years old and shot first as he fled from a confrontation. The officers returned fire. The young man was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, according to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown.

CPD Deputy Chief Yolanda Talley told reporters that misinformation about the age of the individual spread. Investigators said the same misinformation sparked the destruction downtown in the early hours of Monday morning.

Hundreds of people gathered downtown, vandalizing and looting stores along the Magnificent Mile and surrounding areas. More than 100 people were arrested. A civilian and a private security guard were shot, according to the Chicago Tribune. Thirteen police officers were injured.

“There's so much tension in the world right now,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said, “between the economy, unemployment numbers and COVID, just a constant sense of anxiety is over your daily lives, that violence… is going to happen with all this tension.

“And I think that the hope is that we can release that tension here hopefully soon, whether it's through a vaccine, or through controlling the virus better or improving the economy because with so much tension on everyone's lives right now, it's a sad end result of what's happening.”