Cubs News: The ‘Voice of Wrigley Field’ is moving on after 10 years
In another loss for the Chicago Cubs, Andrew Belleson, the voice of Wrigley Field for ten years, has announced he’s leaving the team to pursue a career in broadcasting. He became the public address announcer back in 2011 at the age of 24. His departure marks the latest in a long list of losses for the Cubs this offseason and his voice will sorely be missed at the Friendly Confines.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been ten years since Belleson started given how prominent his voice has been with the Cubs. Though he wasn’t an announcer, his voice was still practically synonymous with the team as he went beyond a simple PA announcer, also lending his voice to the team’s YouTube channel in their “Catching Up” series. He interviewed various former Cubs including Kyle Farnsworth, Jody Davis and Rick Sutcliffe for the show. In the end, like Len Kasper, he’s chosen to pursue his dreams.
The Cubs have big shoes to fill in the wake of Andrew Belleson’s departure.
Thus, the Cubs’ search for a new PA announcer has begun. While their goal is to find someone to take over permanently, the team has an interesting solution to this issue in the short term. Per Jesse Rogers, the team is considering inviting celebrities to takeover PA duty temporarily, opening the door to some interesting possibilities.
Immediately, every Cubs fan’s mind likely jumps to Bill Murray to take over for the occasional game, but the possibilities are truly endless. Doubtless, the team will tap super fan Eddie Vedder for the role at some point as well, but I’d personally also like to see Will Ferrell take a crack at the job. After all, it wouldn’t be his first time taking a temporary job at the Friendly Confines.
Whatever the case, there should be stiff competition for the full time position. Belleson was selected out of a group of nearly 3,000 candidates when he applied back in 2011 and it wouldn’t be shocking to see a similar turnout again for the coveted position as the voice of Wrigley.
Here’s hoping Belleson gets his dream job in the near future. He spent ten great years with the Cubs organization as an iconic voice of the franchise and any team would be lucky to hear his voice calling games for them. Whoever comes next will have some big shoes to fill.