Being a mother of three kids definitely isn’t easy. Being the mom of three kids while balancing a career as a musical artist is even harder. Being a mom, being a musician, and being the wife of a Major League Baseball player seems downright impossible.
That’s the life Julianna Zobrist lives. She’s a Christian pop singer, mother of three kids, and the wife to Chicago Cubs utility man Ben Zobrist. Her husband is just two wins away from winning back-to-back World Series with the Royals and Cubs. She’s also coming off her debut album “Shatterproof” that was released in July.
Talk about a power couple.
“I’m so grateful I’m not pregnant this time around. Last year I gave birth to our daughter three days after we won the World Series,” Zobrist told me on The Jake Brown Show on Play.it.
“This year, I can jump up and down and I’m beginning to really understand the intensity of what’s about to happen and the re-writing of history that is happening currently. I got to meet a couple of 82-year-old men out at Wrigley Field the other day and they had both been 11 years old and went to the last World Series game. That was just such great perspective. I took a picture with them because I never want to forget it. Just to see it and see it in their lives just realizing they have waited their whole lives waiting for this moment again. Nerve racking to say the least, but I know if one guy on that roster has anything to say about it, we’ll be bringing home a ring.”
Ben wasn’t the only one who got to take the field for the World Series, though. Julianna sang “God Bless America” before Game 4 at Wrigley Field Saturday.
“It was a moment I’ll never forget,” said Zobrist. “Ben and I barely get to share the stage with one another. It was really special for me to be able to be out there on the field and for him to be standing right down the third base line from me and to sing a song that right now, especially for our country, holds so much meaning. I was just very prayerful that it was honoring to people who served our country and it was quite the honor that they asked me.”
Julianna and Ben have the high school sweetheart story, but their coupling is especially interesting. Ben was actually supposed to be a youth pastor, and they didn’t think he was good enough to make the big leagues.
“It definitely was a shock to us when he got drafted into the minors,” said Mrs. Zobrist. “It wasn’t necessarily a goal of his to play professional baseball. He thought that would be a dream, but didn’t think he was ever really good enough to be drafted. At the time that we met, he was going to go to seminary or bible college and study to become a youth pastor. That’s who I thought I was marrying and really ironically I was going to be the one traveling all the time and doing my music thing and that’s the way we had planned it in our heads. It’s funny how the roles have somewhat reversed, but we’re just grateful to do what we love still.”
If the Cubs can pull off wins in Game 6 and 7, they will end a 108-year winless streak…and Ben will win back-to-back World Series titles.
“Winning a World Series is an accomplishment that a lot of professional ballplayers don’t get to see,” said Zobrist.”To get to do it twice would be probably the biggest box that you can check off in your career. I know that he’s capable of doing it. It would be a dream to watch that happen for the Cubs…this elusive championship that we want so desperately to bring home to the city. It should be an exciting time.”
Jake Brown is the Digital Program Manager at CBS Sports Radio and a columnist for CBS Sports Radio, CBS Local Sports, and CBS Local. You can catch him daily on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it, iTunes, and Spotify. It’s a weekly sports show mixed in with a bit of entertainment and multiple interviews as well every week. Jake lives in Queens and being a Mets fan is finally paying off.