Cubs special assistant Ivan DeJesus was just like any other proud father on Wednesday as he watched his son, Ivan DeJesus Jr., play in a Cactus League game. It was the first time the father had seen his son, an infielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a Major League uniform in a game, and it had an impact on Dad.
“I want him to go all the way,” the Cubs’ coach said. “That’s what he wants to do.”
The younger DeJesus batted .324 in 128 games last season for Jacksonville in the Southern League. He used to hang out in big league clubhouses with his father when he was 5 years old. Now, he’s 21.
The elder DeJesus was standing at the end of the Cubs dugout at HoHoKam Park when his son entered the game in the seventh inning to play shortstop. He did reach base in the ninth on a fielder’s choice, but didn’t score and the Cubs won, 5-3.
The two will meet up again this spring. But Wednesday was a brief, special moment.
“It was nice,” DeJesus said. “It’s another chapter of my life.”
— Carrie Muskat