Kansas City Royal fans have cheered for their husbands, and now they can cheer for Kim DeJesus and Nicky Getz.
The two women are competing on the Amazing Race, which premieres Sept. 29 on KCTV5.
Veteran outfielder David DeJesus played for the Royals. He played for the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals this season until he was traded last week to the Tampa Bay Rays, which is in a pennant race. Chris Getz is now the Royals starting second baseman.
Their wives got to know each other and became close friends while their husbands played together. They both love Amazing Race. They decided their strengths would complement each other.
"We've been fans of the show for a while and always watch it together and we always talked about it," Getz, 27, said. "Once the opportunity came along, we were like, 'We really should do this!'"
As baseball wives, they are always ready to be uprooted if their husbands are traded. They believe this will help them compete.
"I think we're both really personable. We love people. We love the aspect of just going into a new culture and meeting new people and making friends," DeJesus, 32, said. "I think building alliances is really going to be a strategy we definitely choose to use."
Getz said she and DeJesus are on an even keel and won't lose their tempers with each other as some contestants do during stressful circumstances.
"I think we really learned that a lot of that from our husbands. Throughout baseball, there are so many highs and lows. You always have to stay positive and believe in yourself. We're going to take that into the race," Getz said.
But they also are competitive and will fight to win, the women said.
"Maybe we aren't going to win every leg, but I'm confident we're going to be real competitors," Getz said.
"We don't have any phobias or huge fears," Getz said. "I think jumping off the Eiffel Tower would be kind of scary. Going really deep in the ocean. Those things are scary. But we could do them."
Getz is a certified public accountant and is training to be a pilates instructor. She has a master's degree from the University of Michigan and graduated from the business college at Michigan State University.
She describes herself as energetic, sarcastic and competitive.
"I love working out whether it's pilates, yoga or tennis. I'm also a sun goddess and enjoy margaritas," she said.
She said airplane bathrooms are what scares her most about traveling.
"I love traveling to places with a lot of history. I try to immerse myself in the culture and do things that I can't do at home," she said.
She hopes one of the pit stops is in Bali.
"I've heard the beaches are breathtaking and you can wear a sarong every day! That's my kind of living," she joked.
Getz's pet peeve about DeJesus is she forgets to eat.
"If you ever go to her house, bring your own snacks!"
Still she is looking forward to bonding with DeJesus.
"I hope to experienced the remarkable places the Race offers you," she said. "I'm also looking forward to experiencing such a unique opportunity with such a great friend!"
DeJesus is a part-time actor and model in the Chicago area and is a full-time mom. She and her husband have a foundation to help families in crisis. She attends a number of baseball games and baseball-related events.
She describes herself as creative, determined and kind. She lives a healthy life, enjoys acting, painting, drawing, laughing, hugging, watching movies and baseball and "having fun."
Her biggest accomplishment is being mom to her son, David DeJesus, who was born in 2010 while his father played for the Royals.
"My son is my pride and joy," she said. "I also am proud that I can list off all 50 states in 15 seconds, and that I didn't eat things with a face."
She said her teammate is funny and a natural beauty who likes to tan. She said she doesn't like how Getz smells like oatmeal after she spray tans, but DeJesus is looking forward to the time with her teammate.
"I am so lucky to get to spend this much time with her," she said.
Being away from her husband and son was the toughest part of the competition, but she craved the adventure and crazy tasks.
"I get bored easily, and I'm obsessed with adventure. I also really, really love interacting with people. It's so fun trying to brighten people's day with laughing or making someone feel good whether that be through a hug, conversation or just being ridiculous," she said. "I can't wait to met people from all over the world and see who is out there!"
She is hoping a pit stop is in India or Thailand where the people and cultures are so amazing.
"There is a lot of need there. I want to see first hand how I can help," she said.
While the contest has torn apart some teams, DeJesus said she believes her friendship with her "sweet bunny" will only grow.
She vowed to maintain a positive attitude and finish the race "walking away having it been one of the best experiences of my life!"
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