When the Chicago White Sox signed Adam Dunn to a 4-year, $56 million deal last season, I acted like a giddy schoolboy that finally got the date with his crush. I always adored Adam Dunn. I loved knowing that 100 walks, 40 homers, and 100 RBI were a lock each season after dealing with losers like Mark Kotsay. Then, 2011 happened, and no one wanted to be on the #TeamDunn bandwagon.
The think that stung the worst about 2011 was some people hated the Adam Dunn signing before the season even started. There were people who didn’t enjoy the Adam Dunn I loved. Instead, they focused on his horrible fielding and strikeout total to discredit the greatness of Adam Dunn. But after hitting .159 in 2011, the anti-Dunn bandwagon was in full force, and I almost wanted to hop on. I mean, how could I not? Adam Dunn had an OPS under .600. Adam Dunn was the worst player in baseball by a wide margin in 2011, and he was getting paid $12 million. But after an 0-4, four-strikeout game against the Detroit Tigers early this season, I knew the big man was back.
I will never forget that game because the driver of the anti-Dunn bandwagon, a buddy of mine, complained about Adam Dunn’s performance, claiming nothing has changed. I laid into him with a profanity-laced rant on how stupid he was because Adam Dunn took 30 pitches that game, easily the highest amount of pitches a player saw on either side. From that point forward, I told myself I am going to overreact and praise Adam Dunn for every positive thing he does, considering a majority of fans love to trash the guy even when he got a 2-strike count. That’s why I started the #TeamDunn hashtag on Twitter – and since then – Adam Dunn has been the best American League hitter not named Josh Hamilton, making my 40-homer bold prediction look really good right now.
In 35 games since that day, Adam Dunn has a slash-line of .258/.404/.645/1.049; included in that 1.049 OPS is 13 homers, 30 RBI, and 30 walks. Furthermore, against right-handers, Adam Dunn has a ridiculous 1.113 OPS. And even though he has struggled against lefties, his last three home runs have been against left-handed pitching, so there is signs of improvement there as well.
To conclude, I just want to say thank you to all the haters out there that have to eat their crow now, cheering on a player they wanted to probably kill last season. I stayed aboard the #TeamDunn bandwagon, and I am enjoying texting that buddy of mine every other game to remind him to never doubt the #TeamDunn bandwagon again.
So next time Adam Dunn does something awesome, hop on Twitter with the #TeamDann hashtag, and join the Donkey bandwagon.
Bryan is a featured writer for Rant Sports. Although he concentrates mostly on the game of baseball, you can find him covering things all over the Rant Sports Network.