I don't really know if Dunn is joking, or what. You have to think with your team in reach of the playoffs and you have a guy make comments like that and then grab your golf bag instead of your bat bag. This brings me back to comments he made last year when the Reds were in Houston and he basically said he'd love to play in front of his hometown crowd for the 'Stros.The other day Hatteberg questioned if the Reds — who haven't had to play for anything in recent Septembers — still have guys who think they don't have to show up every day.
Is resolve giving way to resignation?
Dunn shrugged at the questions: "I have no idea. We're just playing bad at the wrong time. There's nothing we can do. I guess we could take extra batting practice, but that's not really going to do anything ..."
But as he left the clubhouse, the big outfielder showed he was going to get some swings in.
He picked up the golf bag by his locker, slung it over his shoulder and, with clubs rattling, headed for the door.
Might as well start working on the game he'll be playing when the postseason starts.
Does he want to be here? Does he want to win? Does he care? Is it because Football is here and Texas is #2 and playing for #1 when they face top ranked Ohio State?
Dunn got a pretty sweet contract at the beginning of the year and to not want to improve his game or teams chances of winning. I'm sure other players see this and think he's not here why should I? I'm going to use Edwin Encarnacion as an example because it has been heavily documented..but the kid was dubbed 3rd baseman of the futures and given 3rd once Joe Randa was dealt. He lost his job this season not because of his offense but because of his errors. This motivated him to go out everyday before anyone to practice fielding over and over and over. Edwin doesn't even make one tenth of what Dunn does and out there trying to better himself and his team chances to win.
As a fan I see this and think.. Jerry, are you going to be a players manager or a hard nose guy? Along with the above questions I also think that if I was Wayne this offseason I would dangle Dunn to see what teams are willing to give up for him. As a fan... I want this team to at least want to go out and win. I want them to play baseball and only baseball from March to October.