David DeJesus got traded to the Angels and his wife couldn’t be happier
Being traded at the deadline can be hectic for most players. For at least a couple of hours, your life is flipped upside down. You have to meet up with your new club, get acquainted with your new teammates and, possibly, relocate your family to a new city.
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David DeJesus only has to worry about two of those things after Tuesday’s trade. DeJesus was shipped from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Los Angeles Angels, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone more excited about the news than his wife Kim.
We’ve seen Kim DeJesus follow the trade deadline before. In 2013, she attempted to get through the day by having a few drinks.
Back then, Kim didn’t want David to get sent to another team. Now, she seems pretty happy about it. What’s up with that?
There’s no need to be angry, Rays’ fans, Kim has a pretty good reason for being excited about David going to the Angels.
That seems like an appropriate response.
Kim’s reaction brings up an interesting aspect of most trades. Both analysts and fans don’t often consider player’s families when trades are announced. This season, David was spending most of his time across the country, and unable to be with his son often.
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With the trade, he not only gets to play for a contender, but he gets to see his family a lot more. That might not impact his performance on the field, but it has to be good for his mental state.
It’s also not the first time family has come into play during this year’s trade deadline. The Cleveland Indians have said they won’t deal infielder Mike Aviles because his daughter is currently battling leukemia.
Too often, we get caught up in trades and look at players as assets. Stories like this help humanize ball players. They have families, just like us, and being able to see their family members more often is probably a good thing.
Once the deadline is over, the David DeJesus trade will probably look pretty minor to most analysts. For DeJesus, though, the change is a pretty massive upgrade, in more than one way.
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Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik