Wednesday, November 2, 2011

On the Beat with Ivan DeJesus

Last year, I had a chance to do a quick interview with Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus.  Unfortunately, it was a day wrought with problems and the video was corrupted and unplayable.  I asked him about his son, Ivan DeJesus Jr., who was playing in the Dodgers organization.  Pops DeJesus spoke positively about his son's chances with the Dodgers.
Pops DeJesus was a decent hitter and solid gloveman for 15 seasons in the majors.  Son Ivan looks to be a better hitter, but a little lacking on defense.  Ironically, in his brief stint with the Dodgers this season, Ivan's hitting was below par, but his fielding was about average.  Ivan is also seeing more action at second base, while Dee Gordon (another second-generation player) appears to be the future shortstop in LA.
When we approached Pops DeJesus, he said we had to be quick.  When we asked a couple of quick questions and ended it, he expressed his surprise at the quickness, to which Matt echoed his earlier request for us to be quick.  We all had a bit of a laugh about it, but we weren't done with DeJesus, as you will see in the near future.  Until then, enjoy this quick video of DeJesus.

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