I heard Marty Brennaman on XM Radio this morning, discussing all things Reds. As always, it was entertaining. The most interesting comments, unsurprisingly, were about Adam Dunn.
Marty began by criticizing Dunn for having the fewest RBI last season of anyone with as many HR has Dunn had. Then he began hammering Dunn for the strikeouts. This was all in the context of a discussion about what’s wrong with the Reds. Unreal. Not a word about Casey, mind you.
I’m a big fan of Marty Brennaman. I’ve been listening to him since I started following baseball in the 70s, and he can paint a picture with words better than anyone (with the possible exception of Vin Scully). He’s a Cincinnati institution, and I can’t imagine anyone else sitting behind that microphone.
But he’s not alone in this particular criticism of Adam Dunn. You know my opinion: Dunn is the one player on this team that is producing. He’s one of the handful of best players in the entire game. The pathetic performance of the Reds is not Adam Dunn’s fault. I shudder to think where we’d be without Dunn.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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