Who are Ben Zobrist's parents? Ex-MLB star's father is a senior pastor and author
Ex-MLB star Ben Zobrist is in the news for his ugly divorce battle with his wife Julianna. Reportedly, the couple's marital problems stemmed from Julianna cheating with their family pastor Byron Yawn. Ben filed a lawsuit in May 2021 against Julianna and sought $6M in damages. The couple has been married since 2005 and has three children.
Former MLB star Ben played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs. Ben's father Tom Zobrist had once said of his sporting career, "It’s been more fun than anything. To see one of your children compete at the highest level is a thrill, and it’s one of those things that doesn’t come around very often."
Ben was born to Cynthia and Tom Zobrist on May 26, 1981, in Eureka, Illinois. Tom and Cindi have two girls and three boys, with Ben being the second oldest. Ben's father Tom is a senior pastor of Liberty Bible Church in Eureka since 1988. He became a Christian in 1976, days after joining the Air Force. All of Tom and Cynthia's five children play sports. "Baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, softball, running, all the kids played sports and we spent a lot of time traveling around central Illinois watching them," Tom said in an interview back in 2015.
Tom wrote a book titled 'The Zobrist Family: Look What God Can Do' in 2018. Back then, Tom said, "This was not me, this was not you, this was not us, this was what God was doing in his life." He mentioned that he was reluctant to write a book at first, but it ended up giving him a chance to think about how God’s plan for his son unfolded over the years. In his book, Tom wrote, "I get a lot of credit for the success that my son, Ben, is currently enjoying." He added, "The truth of the matter is that much of what Ben has achieved has been despite me, as opposed to because of me." Ben wrote in the book's forward about his father's impact on his life and his career. "You’ll see that my Dad did try, sometimes admittedly too hard, to teach me toughness and determination, but above all of that was a belief in walking with and trusting the God who can do anything." He added, "In these pages, you will find a simple and candid expression of a parent who is grateful for what God can do with his own life."