Andrew Belleson was only 24 years old in 2011 when he beat out 3,000 fellow applicants for one of the most desirable jobs in sports: Public address announcer at Wrigley Field. The next decade was something out of a storybook for the Lombard native. Belleson had a prime seat to watch the Cubs rise from 377 losses over his first four seasons to the first World Series title in 108 years. In 2017, he became the first announcer in Wrigley history to introduce the Cubs as World Series champions. He was awarded a World Series ring.
It was a dream job, but it wasn't necessarily Belleson's dream. He had grown up wanting to become a broadcaster, even sleeping under a Wrigley Field mural that featured a painting of him sitting next to Harry Caray. So in early March, Belleson surprised many by announcing he was leaving his spot behind the mike at Wrigley Field. His goal?To find the broadcasting job he's always wanted.
I caught up with Belleson last week to talk about his decision. He's still working his "day job" — running a manufacturing company he helped found — while also looking for the next great spot to bring his big voice.
MM: Well, let's just get right into it: What caused you to make such a big life decision by leaving the Cubs and pursuing your dream of becoming a play-by-play announcer?