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Notes on the Big Breeze from a Reds fan

Posted By on 06.03.11 at 01:50 PM

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I threw my voice out more than once yelling at Adam Dunn from the left field bleachers at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The jeers usually had something to do with how many tall boys of Budweiser he had killed the night before or where he and Griffey would be partying after the game. It was no small feat staying interested in the Reds from 2001-2008, but the Big Donkey's uncanny knack for hitting meaningless solo home runs and whiffing when the team needed him most kept me keenly focused, mainly for the sake of formulating a good heckle.

When Dunn decided that he and I had been apart too long and he signed with the White Sox, I warned my coworkers. This excerpt from an e-mail I sent to Steve Bogira on March 2 validates my prophecy:

"Don't get me wrong, Dunn is in the best situation of his career right now, but you guys need to be prepared for massive frustration. He's inevitably going to let you down in key moments and hit home runs when it doesn't matter. But that kind of seems to be the reputation of the White Sox anyway, so he should fit in nicely. Dunn was built to be a DH in the American League. I just don't know why it took so long."

Well, it turns out I was a bit off base with the homers because while Dunn has been holding his own in the strikeout department—he actually only mustered six this week, putting him at a grand total of 71—he only has five home runs. At least I can say that between the years of 2004 and 2008 I got to watch good ole' Dunner blast 40 or more (mostly useless) homers into both the right field stands and Ohio River. White Sox loyalists have only gotten to see him hit enormous tufts of air, over and over and over again.

So far: 50 games, 172 ABs, 71 Ks

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