Card #90 - Adam Dunn
Born: November 9, 1979
Over the past seven seasons, Adam has hit around 40 home runs, hit near or above 100 RBI, and eclipsed 100 walks in six of those seasons. Big Donkey is the measure of consistency. Dunn started the 2011 season in spectacular fashion, by going 2 for 4, with 4 RBI and a home run.
In the past few years, an unfair criticism of Adam has followed him. Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi publicly stated that Dunn "doesn't like baseball much" and "doesn't have a passion to play the game", when asked about signing Adam. Reds announcer Marty Brennaman has stated that he sees "no energy whatsoever" out of Dunn.
They, of course, are entitled to their opinions. Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has said that "Dunn was the most misunderstood player I have heard about in recent memory" and the White Sox seem to agree with that assessment. Less than twelve hours following an emergency appendectomy, Adam made it known to manager Ozzie Guillen that he would be available to pinch hit for that day's game. It seems that whatever lack of passion and energy others may have seen in Dunn in the past, has been found in Chicago.