Benjamin was born in Rockford, Illinois. He is a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, an author, a musician, a speaker, a son of God, a lover of all things Chicago sports, a pizza consumption virtuoso, an intellectual, and a self-proclaimed comedian (yet to be confirmed). All of these things, simple as they may be, make up the person that he has grown to be.
He graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a degree in Commercial Music. After touring the world as a professional musician, Benjamin decided it was time to focus on on composing music for film/tv and truly diving into writing.
The Keeper of Edelyndia is Benjamin's first novel, but he now has three (almost five) completed and is looking forward to releasing those soon as well. In addition to being a novelist, he has a handful of non-fiction books in the works and contributes to youth ministry blogs, as well as his own.
So, as hard as it is to say goodbye to a broadcaster that has provided the soundtrack to this era of Cubs baseball—the most successful in franchise history—I can’t help but feel happy for him as he writes the next chapter in his already storied career. The White Sox are getting one of the best in the business. Thank you for the memories, Len Kasper. You will be sorely missed.
As expected, the Cubs have made some decisions that will not sit well with much of the fanbase. The breakup of the 2016 championship core has officially begun, and I have to admit I’m more than a little salty about it.
On today’s episode of the Northside Show Hosts Austin Bloomberg and Benjamin J. Denen discussed the beginning of the Jed Hoyer era. Specifically, the took a look at the questions he will ace out of the gate, namely which of the core will they look to move for building blocks for the next era?
After the news came out that Theo Epstein was resigning his position as President of Baseball Operations after nine incredible years with the Chicago Cubs, we at the Northside Show decided that it was only fitting to create a special podcast
On today’s episode of the Northside Show Hosts Austin Bloomberg and Benjamin J. Denen discuss the historic hiring of Kim Ng by the Miami Marlins. They also take a look at the Cy Young voting, update their errors last week in the Manager of the Year projections, and take a look at the Cubs next steps in their offseason plans. In particular, they discussed Kris Bryant and the Cubs possible interest in Ha-Seong Kim.
On today’s episode of the Northside Show Hosts Austin Bloomberg and Benjamin J. Denen discuss Gold Glove winners, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez, and the first ever team Glove Award to the 2020 Cubs. They also talked Yu Darvish’s chances of winning the Cy Young, David Ross’s chances of winning Manager of the Year, the state of league negations regarding the Universal DH, and more.
On today’s episode of the Northside Show Hosts Austin Bloomberg and Benjamin J. Denen discuss the choices facing the Cubs Front Office as they determine whether or not to pick up the options of Anthony Rizzo, Jon Lester (spoiler alert: they declined it) and Daniel Descalso (was it even worth talking about?).