One of the downsides of being a professional baseball player is the knowledge that any day could be your last with a given team.
Trades happen at any time, and then it’s off to a new town and a new set of teammates.
No one’s story is crazier than former Royals outfielder David DeJesus.
Last Sunday, he walked twice and scored the Cubs’ lone run in a 6-1 loss to St. Louis. On Monday, he was claimed off waivers and subsequently traded to the Washington Nationals and played that night against the Cubs.
DeJesus ended up playing three games with the Nationals, going zero for three with a walk. On Friday, he was claimed off waivers again and traded to the Rays.
In Friday night’s win against the Yankees, he doubled and scored a run.
That’s five games with three teams in six nights.
Whew. And you thought your week was crazy.
“It’s unbelievable,” DeJesus told the Tampa Bay Times. “Just five days ago, I was in last place. So when you come over and you get to be part of something special, it’s an awesome feeling.”
DeJesus, who was drafted by the Royals in 2000, should be back at Kauffman Stadium on Monday when the Rays come to play a make-up game.
Given the week DeJesus had, there are no guarantees, but Rays manager Joe Maddon seems happy to have the outfielder.
“You can see him hitting seventh, you can see him hitting first, you can see him hitting second,” Maddon told reporters. “He's going to be all over the place in the batting order. He's a very good offensive player. Great guy, too."