In an article this morning in the Enquirer, Dunn says:
Dunn usually says what he says with his straight-faced, sarcastic style.
But he says people shouldn’t get the impression that he wants out or anything like that.
“I wouldn’t call it popping off,” he said. “It’s just that I don’t handle losing well. A lot of it is frustration.”
And despite his occasional moaning, he says he’s not looking to leave Cincinnati.
“I like it here,” he said. “I like everyone here. Like I said, a lot of it is frustration with losing.”
John Fay seems to be begining to understand that Dunn is the team’s best offensive player.
Dunn has not let his frustration affect his play to any great degree. He went into Saturday’s game with the Atlanta Braves among the National League leaders in home runs (17, third), walks (50, first), runs (43, eighth), on-base percentage (.404, 10th) and slugging percentage (.565, sixth).
He’s sixth in the NL in on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) at .969, the best indicator of offensive excellence.
This is the second time in recent weeks that Fay has mentioned Dunn’s OPS and not mentioned his batting average.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.