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I miss Adam Dunn

Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:06 am
Adam Dunn had two hits last night and helped the White Sox beat Kansas City with a home run in the eighth inning, and when I saw what he had done -- when I went to the White Sox box score first this morning, as I do every morning, and when I looked for Dunn's line first, as I do every day -- I heard someone say the words, "Oh, good."

And it was me who said it.

Understand, Adam Dunn and I do not like each other. It's not a big deal, and I wouldn't pretend it is. Dunn's a proud, stubborn guy who probably dislikes a lot of people. And there's me. Mr. Congeniality. Him not liking me, me not liking him, it's not a big deal.

It started in 2007 when I (briefly) co-hosted a radio show in Cincinnati, and it was summer, and Dunn was striking out 165 times and making errors in the field, and radio callers wanted to gripe about it. And I wasn't about to defend Dunn. In fact, I may have piled on. There was a comment I made about Dunn in left field, how he chased the ball like my dog chases a Frisbee.

And then I may have barked.

Anyway, I showed up at the clubhouse every few weeks, and Dunn sneered at me every time. He asked other writers what I was doing there. He once approached me with a weighted sock, showed me the baseball hanging in the foot area, and jokingly -- I think -- threatened to hit me with it.

So anyway, he didn't like me. And it was mutual.

And when he signed with the Nationals in 2009, I haunted him. His box score was the first I looked for. His line was the first line I found. I had to know how he was playing, and when he went 0-for-4 with two whiffs, I smiled. When he homered, I groaned.

I'm petty like that.

So it continued in 2010 and this year with his new team, the White Sox.

I was smiling a lot.

And then I stopped smiling. His batting average dipped below .200 on May 20 and just kept going. He was in the .180s a week later. He hit the .170s on June 5. On Sunday he was at .165.

Again, I was no longer smiling. This wasn't a bad game or two. This wasn't even a bad homestand. This was a bad season, the kind of season that can end a career. My God, Adam Dunn has two hits in 56 at-bats against lefties this season. That's a .036 batting average.

That's not funny, and this hasn't been fun for a long time. I can't say I'm an Adam Dunn fan, but last night he had two hits, including a home run, and I'm smiling about it.

Tomorrow morning I'll check the White Sox box score first, like I always do. If Dunn plays tonight, I'll find his name first and see how he did. Like I always do. If he has another couple of hits, I'll smile. If he homers again, I might even applaud.

Like I never do.

Keep it going, Adam Dunn. You big donkey.

Category: MLB
Tags: Adam Dunn

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 6:47 pm

I miss Adam Dunn

And this is why he's no longer on my fantasy baseball team - his shine is now tarnished.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:27 am

I miss Adam Dunn

What is this, a veiled apology?!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:21 pm

I miss Adam Dunn

As a Nationals fan, I smile when I recall that we didn't re-sign Dunn.  Then again, we did sign Adam LaRoche, so my smile disappears.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:01 pm

I miss Adam Dunn

I miss Dave Kingman, too. He had the prettiest swing any big man ever had. I like Dunn, but he's nothing like Kingman. OK, they both struck out a lot. And yeah, they both hit majestic moonshot home runs. I guess they were both big men who played defense badly at every position. Oh, and neither one could throw well. Other than that, they're nothing alike. I forgot that they were both semi-despised by baseball writers. And I loved to see both of them play. 
Hmmm....Other than being left handed, how is Dunn different from Kingman?

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:52 am

I miss Adam Dunn

i'm no adam dunn fan, but hitting 40+ homers a year, every year, puts butts in the seats and deniro in the owners' pockets. to say he is having a down year is a dramatic understatement, but everyone was aware of his strikeout liability coming in. it's a calculated risk paying an "all or nothing" hitter like dunn, but, up until this year, it has paid some dividends. more than likely he will right the ship, and, if he doesn't, he will no longer get paid. it's funny when uber-fans like some with multiple fantasy teams and various sports page profiles gripe about the money players make. we created that monster by making them the mega-stars that they are.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:43 am

I miss Adam Dunn

He very well might not be "Dunn" yet...but I'm not sold on the guy after hitting one homerun with two hits. As your article indicates he has an atrocious batting average and an even more atrocious batting average against lefties. You know he has hit seven more dingers this year and not returned to the previous Adam Dunn. I think it's something in the Chicago water. Look at all of the southside underachievers through the years that have big careers elsewhere then come to Chicago and struggle mightily. It might be Rahm Emanuel.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:17 am

I miss Adam Dunn

"Big, rich donkey"  Dunn can`t play but he has hoodwinked MLB teams into giving him mucho dollars.

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