You don’t know me, but I know you • 06.02.11
To be honest, it was nice to finally meet him. I’d heard he was a nice guy, and right away, it seemed like he would have offered me something to drink and maybe a slice of pie if had any. I shook his hand, introduced myself as a New York Yankees beat writer, then I told him that — aside from Cliff Lee — he was the opposing player who’s name had most often filled my email inbox.
That’s when David DeJesus scrunched his forehead and looked at me with complete confusion.
DeJesus grew used to trade rumors last season. He was a good player on a bad team, and the Royals might have traded him had he not been injured right before the deadline. DeJesus said his name floated through so many rumors that he finally told the Royals beat writer that he’d rather not answer any questions about it.
But he had no idea that some corners of the Yankees fan base had all but begged the Yankees to bring him to the Bronx.
“Hopefully they respect the way I go out there and play the game,” he said. “I give my all out there, and I’m a local guy too (born in Brooklyn, raised in New Jersey), so I think it was probably the combination of those two. That’s probably why my name was brought up.”
DeJesus said he never focused on the rumors, and he never dug around the internet to find which fans wanted him and which ones were completely oblivious to what he was doing in Kansas City. He went about his business with the Royals — often joking with other potential trade targets, “Is he still here? OK, good.” — but his mind was in two places: His clubhouse and his living room.
“Once I’m done with the game, I just go home with my son and wife and not worry about it,” he said. “Because it can overwhelm people and consume people’s lives. I try to get away from the game and just live life with my family, and when I’m here just focus on my job.”
Nice guy. Seemed to me that DeJesus would have fit pretty well in the Yankees clubhouse, but he’s with the A’s right now, and he’ll stay there. Until he shows up in my inbox again.
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David DeJesus out for the year • 07.23.10
Always a popular topic here at the LoHud Yankees Blog, Royals outfielder David DeJesus will have surgery on Monday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He will miss the rest of the season. The injury occurred while DeJesus was trying to catch Derek Jeter’s inside-the-park home run last night.
DeJesus has long been the subject of trade speculation within the Yankees fan base. He was seen as the kind of player who could fit into the Yankees outfield and would be attainable from Kansas City. He was one of the Royals top trade chips this season. Or he would have been.
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