CHICAGO (AP) — David DeJesus and his wife were going out to get a healthy drink on Monday when the outfielder saw he had missed a call from Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein.
Kim DeJesus joked that he had been traded. It turns out she was right.
The Nationals acquired DeJesus in a deal with the Cubs, bolstering their bench for a late run at a playoff spot. It made for a strange day for DeJesus, who merely need to move over to the visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field to join to his new team.
"It's one of those moments, you're like, 'Whoa,' and time stops," DeJesus said before Washington opened a four-game series at Chicago. "I look over at my wife and she's crying because she grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, 45 minutes from Wrigley Field. It's a surreal moment, it was kind of throwing me off.
"But coming over here, seeing the guys and meeting the guys, it's been a help. Can't wait to get the game over with - hopefully after a win - and go home and decompress a little bit."
DeJesus hit .250 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games with the Cubs, who are mired in fourth in the NL Central. His new team is on the edge of the playoff race — the Nationals were 9½ games back of Cincinnati for the NL's second wild-card slot coming into the series — but DeJesus was excited for the opportunity.
"I'm going to give it my all," he said. "Try and be a guy out there as a leader and a guy that young guys can learn from."
DeJesus hit for Ryan Zimmerman in the eighth inning of Washington's 11-1 loss and received a warm ovation from the crowd of 31,290 on a beautiful night in Chicago. He popped out to shortstop and remained in the game to play center field.