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Adam Dunn's surprise visit

First baseman Adam Dunn paid a visit to an old friend at a surprising time Saturday night. Between the first and second innings at Miller Park, Dunn -- in full uniform -- he journeyed upstairs from the Nats' dugout and ventured into the Brewers' broadcast booth to say hello to venerable announcer Bob Uecker, who on Friday returned to work following heart surgery. Dunn made a brief on-air appearance and then returned to the clubhouse.

"It was good,"said Dunn, who has known Uecker for a dozen years. "To get to see him healthy and back having fun doing what he loves is great."

Dunn had been given the night off and in the ninth hit a game-tying sac fly as a pinch-hitter. Dunn did not expect any fallout and called any possible punishment "ridiculous," adding that if he did get in trouble, "I'll pay my fine."

Manager Jim Riggleman was unaware of Dunn's trip to the booth. "I wish you hadn't told me that," he said following the Nationals' loss Sunday, declining further comment.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 25, 2010; 7:32 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Dunn  
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Comments

Dunn is such a class act.

Posted by: nativedc | July 25, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

A class act, but he shouldn't be doing that during a game.

Posted by: greggwiggins | July 25, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ Kilgore: I wish you didn't tell Riggleman that as well!!! WTF?!?

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 25, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

OK, first of all, he never said who ratted Dunn out. Could've been any of the writers. Second, it's SO not his job to enforce, or help skirt, team rules.
But I can well imagine Dunn responding to a fine with "Whatever, dude. You take American Express?"

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 25, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind they're trying to re-sign the guy, and that would only wind up costing them more money in the end, or Dunn himself.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 25, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The Brewer's announcers were talking about his visit all afternoon long ... maybe that's how Kilgore found out about it? In between wondering why Morse was not in the line up everyday, why he didn't play a complete game against them (they were happy about that), and how he seemed to make little or no impression on Riggleman. That and how hapless the Nats seemed and how Expos history has just been left by the wayside.

I'm just saying ... that is what they kept talking about ... while showing Morse highlights.

Posted by: periculum | July 25, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right Riggleman the thing's you should be getting upset about(like their poor play) is rarely voiced if you had the type of clubhouse a baseball manager should have then Dunn wouldn't have ventured up the to the booth, my question is why didn't he go before the game?

Posted by: dargregmag | July 25, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right Riggleman the thing's you should be getting upset about(like their poor play) is rarely voiced if you had the type of clubhouse a baseball manager should have then Dunn wouldn't have ventured up the to the booth, my question is why didn't he go before the game?

Posted by: dargregmag | July 25, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right Riggleman the thing's you should be getting upset about(like their poor play) is rarely voiced if you had the type of clubhouse a baseball manager should have then Dunn wouldn't have ventured up the to the booth, my question is why didn't he go before the game?

Posted by: dargregmag | July 25, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Said Riggleman to Kilgore: "I wish you hadn't told me that"

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 25, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I commend Dunn's leadership. He's set a new standard for the team. From now on, as long as a player's not in the lineup and can pay the fine, it's peachy to conduct personal business away from the dugout/clubhouse while a game is in progress.

I guess that's one way to spur a trade forward...

Posted by: Ted_Striker | July 25, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Meh about Dunn.

The real point is Harris should never be playing third base and Desmond is costing us game after game with his horrid fielding and poor decisions. Now the league knows he hits curve balls like Wily Mo so he is going to continue to look real stupid at bat as well.

For Harris to say "I thought it was a hit" in regards to the muff on the grounder to him just rubs me the wrong way.

Posted by: driley | July 25, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

This doesn't bug me much (although of course he shouldn't have done it). It doesn't hurt once in a while to acknowledge that the game itself isn't life or death.

Posted by: joebleux | July 25, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

What did he miss - a half inning tops? People seem to forget the visit made Dunn look classy and Bob Uecker is a well respected PBP man who had major surgery.

Just be glad Dunn wasn't caught doing coke in the locker room or with Jim Edmonds' wife.

Make him buy the team a dinner and move on.

Posted by: CF11555 | July 25, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Mea culpa about the triple post.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 25, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

there's plenty of time pre-game or post-game for Dunn to have caught up with Uecker. This is a simple case of a player that does not respect the situation he's in. If he isn't punished by the team I will be disappointed, not that Dunn will get away with his act, but that the organization has that little regard for process.

"I'll pay my fine." Disrepectful in the least, insubbordinate at worst.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | July 25, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

What's the big deal here? Is this any worse than when Paul LoDuca did color on the MASN broadcast in 2008 while he was on the DL and Sutton was out sick, and he revealed on air that Zimmerman was hurt before it had been announced by the team?

Posted by: nunof1 | July 25, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

@bottomfeeder,

"I'll pay my fine." Disrepectful in the least, insubbordinate at worst.

I think you left out the context "I'll pay the fine for visiting a guy who just had a heartache. Its pretty ridiculous". Uecker is a legend in broadcasting ... I guess Dunn wanted to make sure he caught him before they left town. He knew exactly where he could find him.

Disrespectful? To a team about lose 100 again? That's like being disrespectful to Mickey Mouse.

Posted by: periculum | July 25, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

* heartache == heart attack ... sorry all.

Posted by: periculum | July 25, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Dunn wasn't in the game, and no way on a announced day off would he be, that early. What he did was an act of genuine friendship and kindness, and I commend him for it. Anybody who rips him -- and I don't say this lightly - is being incredibly foolish.

Posted by: nats24 | July 26, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Lighten up on the guy. He spends half an inning early in a game in which he is not playing, big deal. Neither team is chasing anything and he did not cause any problem for the club. Who cares.

Posted by: dfh21 | July 26, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Dunn plays for a manager who is an idiot, a GM who's treating him as if he was an idiot, and an owner who who has no clue what an cheap idiot outfit they are....and he goes off for 20 minutes to pay respects to a true baseball legend...and in return receives major league grief from this cheapskate/dumbsh*t organization & fan base.
Dunn can only pray he gets traded from this dysfunctional minor league organization.
Note to all: The Nats 2010 season has been unofficially over since July 1st. How can anyone be upset by a player following his heart?

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | July 26, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

How can anybody defend Dunn on this one? This isn't beer league softball. You stay on the bench during a your team's game. What if he was needed as a sub? It's completely ridiculous. Who cares if Uecker is a legend in broadcasting? Dunn could have gone and seen him at any point before or after the game.

Posted by: egoodman8 | July 26, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Morse should be playing everyday...Willy shouldn't see the field, Desmond needs to be sent back down to learn how to field...all of this and Riggleman's job is safe? Riggleman shouldn't be worried about Dunn, if he was then he should have kept him in the game.

Posted by: nwdodson | July 26, 2010 5:13 AM | Report abuse

People calling for Riggleman's head are being foolish. Dunn shouldn't have did something like that during the game, but no one was hurt so forget about it.

Willy Harris must have pictures of a bad situation because he should have been cut a long time ago. You can't be hitting under 200 in July (not being a picture) and still be in the majors..... Morse should play more, I don't know why he doesn't.......

Posted by: punchdaclock | July 26, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Why on earth would you go tell Riggleman about Dunn's visit? Why did we have to know this ? What did you possibly expect to accomplish?

Posted by: shanks1 | July 26, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

This reminds me of a story I heard that Jay Johnstone, was seen in uniform at a concession stand during a game at Dodger Stadium. No idea if it's true. Anyone else hear that one?

For the record, I'm OK with Dunn visiting Uecker in the booth, and with players buying hot dogs with the rest of us at the concession stands.

Posted by: KenNat | July 26, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ - talk about a storm in a tea cup! The Dunn story is nice, it was funny and I'm glad he visited Uecker in the booth. Who gives a sh*+ about the game, we suck anyway.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 26, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Players and coaches are interviewed during the game all the time, from the dugout. I can't get too exercised about Dunn paying a visit to the newly returned Ueck for a few minutes during a game for which he wasn't in the lineup. Do we know for a fact that Dunn didn't clear it with anyone beforehand?

Oh, and players buying hot dogs with the rest of us during the game? How about the players buying hot dogs *for* the rest of us? Heck, they can afford it. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 26, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

My goodness, if Clinton Portis or Randy Moss would've done something like this they might have got suspened for 4 games without pay. Dunn could've waited till the game was over with and caught Uecker after the game.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 26, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

1a1: How about the players buying hot dogs *for* the rest of us?
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Now there's a promotion. Everyone gets a free "Dunn Dog."

Posted by: KenNat | July 26, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

What is with all the Dunn apologists here?

There is a time and place to talk to the opposing team's media crew: IT'S BEFORE OR AFTER THE GAME!

What Dunn did was incredibly disrespectful and insulting to his team mates. Is he going to walk up to the broadcast booth in every game he doesn't play in?

"Class acts" and "leaders" don't walk out of games like Dunn did and frankly I now hope Dunn gets exiled to Pittsburgh...only if the Nats get a good return though.

Posted by: Liebercreep | July 26, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Again, WHERE does it say it was Kilgore who spilled the beans? It could easily have been some "credentialed" blogger, not a professional journalist. That said, it's AK's job to report the story, not provide a cover story--G-d knows he gets ripped enough for not doing just that.
And you do NOT do that during a game. He's lucky (Gonzales? whoever) at first didn't get hurt and have to be replaced while he was off paying social calls on company time.
Junior is still catching [stuff] for allegedly being in the clubhouse taking a nap when they were looking for him to pinch-hit.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's how Kilgore reported this story:

And here's how mlb.com's Bill Ladson reported the same thing:

Aside from the absurdity of Riggleman appearing to be unhappy while laughing all the while, Ladson does appear to have a more detailed account of how this all went down than Kilgore does. Does that mean Kilgore wasn't there and Ladson was, or is Ladson embellishing the story, or is Kilgore covering something up? Or does it perhaps mean that this isn't the big deal that some folks are making it out to be?

Posted by: FeelWood | July 26, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Apparently this site does not like the way I chose to quote Kilgore and Ladson. Let me try again.

Here's how Kilgore reported this story:

"Manager Jim Riggleman was unaware of Dunn's trip to the booth. 'I wish you hadn't told me that,' he said following the Nationals' loss Sunday, declining further comment."

And here's how mlb.com's Bill Ladson reported the same thing:

"Nationals manager Jim Riggleman appeared not to be happy Sunday afternoon when he learned that Dunn was in the broadcast booth the previous day.

'I wish you wouldn't have told me that,' Riggleman said while laughing at the same time.

Riggleman declined to comment after that."

Aside from the absurdity of Riggleman appearing to be unhappy while laughing all the while, Ladson does appear to have a more detailed account of how this all went down than Kilgore does. Does that mean Kilgore wasn't there and Ladson was, or is Ladson embellishing the story, or is Kilgore covering something up? Or does it perhaps mean that this isn't the big deal that some folks are making it out to be?

Posted by: FeelWood | July 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Can't help but wonder how one might code up such a [now realistic] scenario in a video game. Say, for example, one wished to command such a player to enter the game in the early innings, perhaps as an injury substitution. How might one program the conditions to test said player's immediate availability?


if ((player_in_game .eq. FALSE)
AND (inning_of_game .lt. 3)
AND (player_is_friend_of_broadcaster .eq. TRUE)
AND (opponent_broadcaster_recovering_from_heart_attack .eq. TRUE)
AND (player_has_enough_wealth_to_not_be_deterred_by_fines .eq. TRUE))
then player_available = FALSE;
else player_available = TRUE;


(Note: code likely will not compile.)

Posted by: Ted_Striker | July 26, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Poor leadership from Dunn on this one. He needs to be in the dugout helping his team. Even if that means talking to other players about the pitcher/situations/etc. To say he'll just pay the fine makes it worse. I love the guy and don't want him to leave, but that's not the way to go about it. Talk to Uecker during the post game show.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | July 26, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I love Dunn (and Uecker too), but he should have waited till after the game.

As a side note of self-education to all of us (myself included), imagine if the player who had done this was black or hispanic. He'd clearly then be "an attitude problem, a loose cannon, someone who thumbs his nose at authority figures". But it was a nice white all-American boy, so... it's just a heartwarming story.

Am I right or am I wrong? Think about it - if you're big enough to.

Posted by: B2O2 | July 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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