Kim DeJesus: Road Warrior

In the November issue of Vine Line, our Better Half feature looks at the work the Cubs wives do behind the scenes to improve their communities. Writer Jim Distasio also wanted to get a feel for what the life of a major league spouse is like. Given the travel—major league ballplayers are on the road for 81 games each year and spend a month and a half at Spring Training—and erratic daily schedule, it’s far from routine.

We didn’t have room for this piece in the November issue, so we wanted to share it here. It’s something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: family. Kim DeJesus, wife of Cubs right fielder David DeJesus, spoke with us about how she keeps her family together given the Cubs rigorous schedule.

The Cubs play 81 away games each season, and Kim DeJesus likes to be in the stands for every one—cheering for husband David and logging some impressive frequent flyer miles.

In fact, Kim has no hesitation proclaiming, “I travel more than every baseball wife.”

Four years ago, when David played for the Kansas City Royals, Kim was a fixture on nearly every road trip. And those early days were “fabulous.”

“We would stay up until 3 a.m. watching movies, order room service and wake up at 11 a.m.,” she said. “Dave would leave for the field around 1 p.m., and I would spend the day exploring a new city and then go to his games at night.”

The trend continued after the couple married and had their son. Three weeks after the baby was born in 2010, following approval by her doctor, Kim and little Kingston were on the road so the family could be together during its infancy. In 2011, when David played for Oakland, Kim went on every single road trip, save for one. David and Kim both wanted to have a strong family unit, and they didn’t want David to miss all the first in their child’s life.

Kim cut back on the travel during Dave’s inaugural season with the Cubs to start working again part time and spend more time with her family in suburban Wheaton. Yet, even though she was “taking a little break this year,” Kim still attended more than half of the Cubbies’ away games.

“For me, the coolest thing is getting to see my husband live out his dreams,” Kim says.

—Jim Distasio

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