Adam Dunn Live Blog
Live-blogging the Adam Dunn press conference. Hey, you find something else to write about this afternoon.
2:57: Waiting for the live broadcast to start, Adam Dunn's young son saw his dad's photo on a flat-screen monitor.
"Daddy!" he said.
"Did he recognize your picture or did he read your name?" Stan Kasten asked.
"He's reading at about a sixth-grade level," Dunn said.
The son turned two in November.
3:01: "Today is a historic day for the Washington Nationals," Nats PR exec John Dever said. "We're here to announce that it's a Dunn Deal."
Ok, today is the last day that pun is allowed in this town.
3:04: Mark Lerner: "As a guy who has long waited to see the game played as it should be...." Ouch.
More Lerner: "One of the most significant days in Nationals and Washington sports history." Really?
More Lerner: "This could be the power hitter we've been missing in D.C. since my childhood hero, Frank Howard." Possibly.
More Lerner: "He will change the way people watch baseball in D.C." Wait, people watch baseball in D.C.?
3:07: More Lerner: "I hope all of you will get on the phone this afternoon and guarantee your seat at the most exciting place to spend your nights this summer, Nationals Park."
Good seats are going fast.
3:08: Stan Kasten up. All players healthy. Experience has been added. It's been a very active, busy and productive offseason. There was the big Marlins trade. The big free agent pitcher acquisition. They went after both big bats on the market, got one of them. All is well!!!!!!
"I couldn't be happier about the offseason that we've had, the productivity that we've had this offseason, and about the prospects of our future."
3:10: Jim Bowden: "The one thing that was proven this offseason is this organization is first-class, this organization is dedicated to getting to the top."
3:12: The negotiations, Bowden said, were long and excruciating. "Thank goodness for Ambien," he added, "so I could get some sleep." Only Bowden.
Bowden has known Dunn since the latter was 18 years old. The one thing Bowden couldn't figure out, he said, was how Dunn married so far over his head. Then he gave Dunn's wife roses and kissed her on the cheek, wishing her a Happy Valentine's Day from Adam. And yeah, he was right about the "over his head" thing.
Then he praised Dunn's on-field performance enthusiastically, while taking a subtle shot at his strikeout numbers.
3:13: Manny Acta's turn. Things, he said, just got better in NatsTown. First NatsTown reference of the afternoon that I noticed.
"Most of the time I don't like to believe everything I read or believe everything I listen to from you guys," Acta said.
3:15: "We took a very BIG step," Acta said, "like a 6-6, 245 step forward with our franchise."
3:17: Dunn just donned a 32 jersey, as did his son. Now the son is on Bowden's lap. He doesn't look too happy.
Dunn took the mic. The mic stand was too short. "Bunch of midgets," he said, looking at the leadership.
He called Zimmerman and Kearns "a couple of my good friends," called the park "one of the nicest ballparks that there is in professional sports, not just in baseball but in professional sports," and ended with "I'm not here to sell tickets, I'm here to win games."
3:20: "This could be a very, very fun place if we win," Dunn said, which is true.
3:21: "Ryan Zimmerman's definitely the face of this franchise," Dunn said, when asked about leadership. "You think of the Washington Nationals, you think of Ryan Zimmerman."
"I know for a fact that my best years are definitely to come," he also said.
"It's boring to watch," he said of his deliberate hitting style. "I watch video all the time, it's true. I fast-forward myself.....I wish I was a lot more aggressive, but I've tried that, and it didn't work."
And so, he said, he waits for his pitch, "and if not, see you at first." He paused. "Or in the dugout."
3:24: Acta says Dunn will play both first and left field during Spring Training, and whatever's best for the team, yada yada yada.
3:25: While Acta answered a question in Spanish, a [female] PR staffer whispered to Dunn to button his jersey. He kept the tie on the outside, though. Strange.
"Good job," Dunn said, when Acta finished his Spanish speaking.
3:28: Boz asked Bowden about Dunn's running and fielding.
"When the ball's hit to left field, I go get a cup of coffee, I don't watch," Bowden joked. "Put a stop-watch on him. He can run....The only thing we can't change is the strikeouts, that comes with him. It happened with Reggie Jackson, it happened with Harmon Killebrew. It's ok."
3:30: And a final question about whether Dunn could help out the Redskins.
"I did that with Deion once, I prefer not to do that again," Bowden said. "We'll just stay with one sport, thank you."
3:35: Post-presser interview with MASN.
"I stay away from the Internet, I stay away from newspapers, I stay away from all that stuff," Dunn said.
Byron Kerr asked Dunn about him wearing No. 32 today and whether that will be his number; he said that's still to be determined. Kerr asked whether there might be some negotiations with Lastings Milledge.
"You said it, I didn't," Dunn replied.
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