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Adam Dunn Keeps it Positive

(By Al Messerschmidt - Getty)

Before batting practice this afternoon, a local reporter went up and introduced himself to Adam Dunn. Dunn, as always, was very friendly, and then asked the writer whether he was a positive or a negative sort of guy. "Stay positive," Dunn said, when the interaction ended.

Indeed, the Big Donkey officially become the media's go-to source for "stay positive" thinking during a rocky first week. I asked him why that's been the case, why so many media folks have turned to him for perspective.

"Because I take it," Dunn said. "Because I don't care about it. Whatever. That's your job, that's what you do. It's Jim Rome's fault. Everybody wants to be Jim Rome. Which is cool, he's made a good living, I don't blame 'em. I like Jim."

Dunn said several times that he steers clear of the negativity, and that he's tired of the suggestion that this is all just a carry-over from 2008.

"It's like if you start 0-for-20," he explained earlier in the day. "Oh my gosh, everyone's panicking on me, but every single hitter in this room and every other room will go through an 0-for-20 or a 1-for-20. You're in a slump. So why can't we be in a little early-season slump instead of a midseason slump?....

"I think everyone realizes it. I think when you put it in perspective like that, you sit back and you're like, 'Yeah, you're right.' Did we want to start that way? No. Did the Cleveland Indians, who are picked to win their division, want to start like that? No. But that's how it goes."

Indeed, he said the only time all this so-called negativity enters his field of vision is when the media brings it up.

"I'll tell you when it affects me, it affects me when I have to talk about it all the time, because people bring it to my attention," he said. "If people don't bring it to my attention, then I don't care."

But the media negativity doesn't get to him outside the clubhouse. Dunn, as he so often has said, repeated today that he doesn't read the newspapers. How about TV?

"Hell no," he said. "When do I have time to watch TV? How am I gonna watch our games on TV?"

Well, what about ESPN?

"I watch ESPN, seriously? I'll give you twice a week. Maybe. Maybe. Like tonight, we get home early, so I'll go to dinner tonight, nice dinner. Maybe McDonald's, Super Size. And then I'll go home and I'll probably watch Family Guy starting at 9:30. I'll probably watch two episodes of Family Guy, and then I'll probably get on the computer and play some games on the computer. That's probably what I'll do. And then probably Xbox. f I can hook my Xbox up in time, I'll probably get online and play a little Xbox, too."

What computer games does he play?

"Games probably you don't play, like Spades," he said. "I'm a big Spades guy. That's about it really. Poker, I dabble in poker."

He also said this is his first season spending Opening Day away from home. (The Reds, by tradition, always open at home.) He thus differentiated between Opening Day and a home opener, and joked about how the player introductions and the pomp and the sprints in from the outfield were football-like, that all the Nats needed was a banner to break through and maybe some cheerleaders.

"So it'll be nice to get all that out of the way, play the game, and then go back to normal," Dunn said. "It just gets out out of routine, that's probably a better way to say it....You'll get chills. You're playing in front of your home crowd, first time. It's gonna be great. It's just all this," he said, gesturing at a clubhouse packed with TV cameras, reporters and various credentialed masses. "Like, I'll never see half these people in here again. You know what I mean?"

I do, but that's a negative way of looking at it. Once this losing streak gets behind us, and once .500 comes and goes, that clubhouse will be packed every night. I'm trying to stay positive.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2009; 1:07 PM ET
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Wow, Dunn doesn't even wait to add water to the Kool Aid. He just snorts it dry.

Posted by: DangerNat | April 13, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me why we are still playing Lastings. He is a sub par outfielder who can't hit. And now we are sitting him for our hottest hitter in Kearns. This team boggles the mind. And Zimmerman is turning out to be just an average player at best.

Posted by: CapHillDonkey | April 13, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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