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.
On today’s episode of the Northside Show Hosts Austin Bloomberg and Benjamin J. Denen, discuss the Cubs five-game winning streak, the brilliant pitching of Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills, and the resurgence of the Core.
Coming off the exciting series win over the rival Milwaukee Brewers thanks to the heroics of Jason Heyward and Alec Mills, the Cubs seemed primed for a letdown. When Jeremy Jeffress blew the save in game one, it seemed like the stage was set for the Cubs to go back to their mediocre play that has marred the second half of this strange 2020 season. Still, this resurgent squad showed up, and the end result of the two-game series was a sweep (and a season series sweep to boot).
It’s been a frustrating week for the Cubs, and the outfield trio of Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, and Jason Heyward apparently decided to take it out on Reds pitching. They combined for six home runs, driving in all ten Cubs runs as the Northsiders earned a series split.
Cubs 5, Reds 6: A new day, a new way for the Cubs to find ways to beat themselves. Bad Craig Kimbrel reared his not-so-pretty head, and the Cubs blew a win they absolutely couldn’t afford to give away in this short season.
Today, Austin Bloomberg and Benjamin J. Denen are joined by Aldo Soto as we discuss Jason Heyward sitting and the Cubs response as well as the recent struggles the Cubs have faced on the field. We also take a look at potential trade targets for the Cubs and potential in-house solutions.