9/1 DeJesus is “ultimate pro”
David DeJesus was the Cubs’ star Saturday both on offense and defense. He closed the gap to 5-2 against the Giants with a two-run home run, his seventh of the season. DeJesus also made the catch of the game when he robbed Buster Posey of a possible extra-base hit with a sliding grab along the right-field line in the fifth.
“I didn’t even know I caught it to be honest with you,” DeJesus said. “I slid and threw my glove out, and I was lifting my glove up and I didn’t expect the ball to be in there. I said, ‘Wow, it’s in there, this is pretty cool.’”
Fortunately for the Cubs, he didn’t say that anything hurt after his slide. Dale Sveum is hoping the young players on the Cubs roster, and there are many, pay attention to DeJesus’ work ethic and emulate it.
“He’s the ultimate professional who leads by example, and hopefully people do watch and ask him a lot of questions because he does a lot of things well,” Sveum said.
Said DeJesus: “I want to be the guy they see working hard every day, putting the time in, on and off the field, and who gives 100 percent on the field. That’s ultimately all I care about is being the guy you can rely on every day.”
There are plenty of young players on the current Cubs roster who should be paying attention. Twelve of the 29 players now on the Cubs’ active roster either opened the season at Iowa or on another team’s roster.
– Carrie Muskat