If you think the above headline is awkward, at least it beats “Adam Dunn Has Lost His Smile (With Apologies To Shawn Michaels)”. More than 5 years after former Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi essentially called Adam Dunn a big lug with zero passion for the game, Dunn (above) tells Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that he’s contemplating retirement. This means you might have less than a month to come up with a nickname that’s the opposite of “The Say Hey Kid”. Maybe, “The’I’m Not Feeling Up To It’ Adult”?
“I’m not coming back just to come back for money or because I have one year left (on his contract),” Dunn said on Tuesday. “I’m not coming back to chase home-run numbers or whatever. If I end up with 499 and I’m not having fun, see ya — 499 it is.”
Dunn, who turns 34 on Nov. 9, almost certainly would have a different view if the White Sox were in contention. Instead, he called the team’s season “a great letdown.”
“I’ll start working out (during the offseason), start hitting,” Dunn said. “It’ll be the same. I’m presuming that I’m going to dread starting. Then, once you get into it, (you realize) it is fun again. I remember that. Then I’ll go to spring training and go from there. If I’m not having fun, if it’s not a normal-feeling baseball season, then I’m out.”
“If I’m not having fun, I can’t do it. I won’t do it. I can’t. I’ll be a miserable person. I don’t want to be like that.”