Wheaton native and wife of former Chicago Cub David DeJesus is playing a game of her own, sprinting around the world in the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race.”
Kim DeJesus, 32, and Nicole “Nicky” Getz, 27, (wife of former White Sox player Chris Getz) are one of 11 teams vying for the $1 million prize when the CBS reality competition kicks off at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.
David DeJesus signed a deal with the Cubs in 2011 but was traded to the Washington Nationals earlier this month and then quickly traded again to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Sox traded Chris Getz to the Kansas City Royals in 2009.
In addition to “the baseball wives,” other teams include former NFL players (Chester Pitts II and Ephraim Salaam), married ER doctors, theater performers, cousins and childhood friends.
The Emmy-magnet show, hosted by Phil Keoghan, is about to start its 23rd season. Teams travel through four continents and nine countries, paragliding in Chile, getting behind the wheel for some Formula One racing in Abu Dhabi and taking a cold plunge in Norway, among other things. The last surviving team takes home the $1 million prize.
Last season, two hockey players with Chicago roots — Bates and Anthony Battaglia — claimed victory.
Meet the teams: