Dunn: Cunningham out of line
BY JOHN FAY | JFAY@ENQUIRER.COM
Reds outfielder Adam Dunn said Tuesday that recent remarks by WLW’s Bill Cunningham suggesting Dunn played while drunk crossed the line.
Last Friday, following the Reds’ victory over Pittsburgh, Cunningham singled out Dunn and outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. for what he called a lack of hustle.
In the game, a base-running error by Dunn cost the Reds two runs in the fourth inning. And Griffey was criticized by Reds announcer Thom Brennaman for not making it to second base after a bloop single dropped between three Pirates.
The next day, Cunningham said Griffey should never wear a Reds uniform again, and said Dunn was drunk during the game.
“Adam Dunn looks like a monkey with a football in left field,” Cunningham said. “He has to have consequences for what he does. That is again a loafing ball player who … would have blew a .15 if someone gave (him) the intoxilizer last night. I say .15. The son of a gun is drunk. And he’s playing baseball in left field for the Redlegs.”
Before Tuesday’s game against the New York Mets, Dunn said Cunningham’s comments were out of bounds.
“Isn’t there a line?” Dunn said. “I think that goes over the line. We might want to do something about that.”
Rob Butcher, the Reds media relations director, said he’s trying to obtain a tape of the show.
Cunningham said Tuesday that his comments were in good fun.
“It was hyperbole,” he said. “I play a lot of softball. I play with guys who drink beer.
They treat a fly ball like a hand grenade and miss bases.”
Cunningham said he has no facts to support that Dunn was drunk during the game. “It was simply a sarcastic comment made tongue-in-cheek,” Cunningham said.
Dunn found nothing amusing about Cunningham’s statement.
“That’s pretty bad,” he said.