From the You Have Got to Be Kidding Me Department:
Skipper Dave Miley, who has essentially slept through the first two months of the season, took decisive action to right the Reds ship Tuesday. Strangely, he took this action after a rare Reds win.
What did he do? He took away Dunn and Jr’s massage chairs. Because that is why the pitching’s been so bad, and why LaRue and Casey can’t hit.
Dunn was funny about it, but seemed ticked off:
“I don’t know where they’re hiding it,” Dunn said of his chair. “I need it, though. My back hurts. It’s therapeutic. That’s what they’re there for.”
What followed for Dunn was an equally therapeutic lament over the loss of his beloved chair. The big left fielder looked as though he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
“Poor little guy,” he said, looking at the spot where the chair once sat. “He didn’t do anything wrong. He didn’t complain. He just came to play every day.”
“So now we’re going to start winning,” he said. “It was the chair’s fault.”
He was asked if the chair was also designated for assignment, giving the club 10 days to trade, release or outright it to the Minors.
“He probably wants to be traded,” Dunn replied with a laugh.
Though a tad distraught, Dunn found humor in the situation.
“And we even won last night,” he said. “Imagine if we would have lost. I might not have a glove.”
I’m not making a federal case about it, but if you do enough petty, pointless things like this, Dunn may just remember one of them when it’s time to negotiate a long-term contract.