Cubs win! Thanks to Ben Zobrist, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908. No wonder the second baseman was named the MVP. As the Windy City celebrates the victory, get to know more about their new hero.
1. He’s an Illinois native.
Ben, 35, was born in Eureka, Illinois and grew up loving the game of baseball. Young Ben probably never expected that he would grow up and not only help the Chicago Cubs win the World Series but also be named MVP. Or did he?
2. Ben was a bit of a poet in high school.
Twenty years before he became the first Cubs player to become a World Series MVP, he wrote a poem in Eureka High School about the emotion of winning the big game, according to the St. Louis Dispatch.
“The ball is going farther than ever / Much to my surprise! / The ball lands way beyond the fence. / I round the bases without shame. / The fans, they cheer and shout and scream! / For our team has won the game!” That may not be as accurate as the Parks & Rec episode that predicted the World Series win, but it’s close enough.
3. He was already a World Series champ.
Despite growing up in Illinois, he’s only been with the Cubs for a single season. In 2008, after college, the Houston Astros drafted him before trading Ben to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He would go to the World Series in his rookie year, but the Rays fell to the Philadelphia Phillies.
He stayed in Florida until 2015, when he was traded to the Oakland Athletics. In the middle of the 2015 season, the A’s traded Ben to the Kansas City Royals. That was probably the best move of his career, as Kansas City would go on to win the World Series! The Cubs acquired him through free agency, and he’s gone back-to-back as champs!
4. Ben and his wife began their relationship over Instant Messenger
Ben’s married Julianna Zobrist, 32, a successful Christian music singer. Back before people were sliding into DM, these two began dating during the early 2000’s, striking up a romance online over IM, according to Heavy.com. After years of dating, they were married in 2005. They now have three kids: son Zion Benjamin and daughters Kruse Allegra and Blaise Royal.
5. He is a published author.
Ben and Julianna wrote Double Play: Faith and Family First in 2014, detailing to Ben’s anxiety with baseball to Juliana’s personal struggles with being sexually molested as a young girl. The book was meant to show how being open with a partner can help build a strong foundation for a lasting relationship. It seems to have worked, as Julianna was there to celebrate the biggest night in Ben’s professional career.
Congratulations to Ben on the MVP win! HollywoodLifers, are you glad that the Chicago Cubs won?