Multi-talented Zobrist family finds ‘baseball paradise’ in Wrigleyville

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CHICAGO - It's accurate to say the transition to Cub life has been seamless for Ben Zobrist.

The 35-year-old utility man has quickly become a centerpiece in the Cubs attack.

On Memorial Day, Zobrist shared the Wrigley stage with the most important person in his life - his wife, Julianna, who belted out the National Anthem in front of a sellout crowd.

"It was great. It really did give me chills."

Just another piece of the Wrigleyville experience, which for the Zobrists is getting better by the day.

"It really feels like baseball paradise," remarked Julianna. "Not just baseball paradise for Ben because I am so incredibly thankful for all the amenities he has, this incredible team he has - you could not ask for a better team, but then you have these fans - who are outstanding and kind and have welcomed our family, which is rare. It's been a dream. We're still getting used to it because I'm like 'I don't know if this is ever going to feel normal because it's so wonderful.'"

It'll get more exciting as the summer rolls on and not just because of the Cubs success.

Julianna is a popular Christian recording artist with a new album, Shatterproof, dropping next month, which means more time out of an already hectic schedule.

"If anything, I've slowed her career down," laughed Ben. "She's sacrificed a lot of music stuff to be able to be with me during baseball. She's done that for the sake of our family and for our marriage and some of our other personal convictions."

"Most things that are worth your time are never really easy. I'm grateful to keep being able to do music and do what I love," explained Julianna. "Family is always first priority. The day Ben was drafted, he called me and said 'If we're doing baseball, if we're going to do this, we're going to this together.' And we have held that commitment. We don't spend any longer than six days apart. Family always takes precedence. Family is always priority. So, in that way, it's not much of a balancing act because we know that if push comes to shove it's always family that will come first. But we're grateful. We're grateful to be able to do what we do and we love it."

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