Cubs fan savors announcing gig at Wrigley
May, 9, 2012
By Matt Lindner | Special to ESPN.com
Courtesy of Chicago Cubs Andrew Belleson is paid to enjoy 81 games per year at the Friendly Confines. We're definitely jealous.CHICAGO -- A year after winning a contest to become the voice of Wrigley Field, 25-year-old lifelong Cubs fan Andrew Belleson still feels like he’s living a dream.
“Just to be able to come here and be around baseball and do what we love, no, it hasn’t sunk in,” Belleson said.
The voice of Wrigley Field sits perched in a tiny box just barely big enough to hold the three people (including the team’s organist and scoreboard graphics operator) who call it home for 81 games per year.
“It’s like a prison cell,” Belleson said, laughing. “We all get along well, luckily; otherwise it could get pretty tense.”
For four hours a day throughout the season, Belleson’s smooth baritone pulsates through a microphone -- held together with electrical tape -- which looks like it’s been there since the Cubs’ cursed 1969 season, and into the ears of the 3 million-plus people who flock to one of baseball’s most sacred cathedrals each year.
He worries about slipping up every now and again. No pressure, right?
“You’re reading so much material live that it’s almost impossible not to stutter or to slip up,” Belleson said. “I’ve learned to pretend like it didn’t happen and just continue to read because more often than not, people aren’t going to realize it happened, anyway.”
Since beating out nearly 4,000 applicants for the gig last March, Belleson says his life has changed a great deal. While his Cubs gig isn’t a full-time, year-round job, it has led to other voiceover opportunities and gained him additional notoriety throughout the Chicagoland area.
“Once in a while down in Wrigleyville, some bigger Cub fans will know who I am, but it’s nothing crazy at all,” he said.
But he avoids temptation to bust out his ballpark voice in a restaurant for one simple reason.
“My girlfriend wouldn’t like that very much,” he said.