From the Hal McCoy in today’s Hamilton Journal:
Cincinnati Reds slugger Adam Dunn hit 40 home runs last season. He drove in 101 runs, scored 107 runs and walked 114 times Ã¢â‚¬â€ all with a broken right hand.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s his football mentality.
Reds manager Jerry Narron let it slip Thursday at a Dayton Agonis Club meeting when somebody criticized Dunn.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He broke his hand twice last year and wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let us X-ray it because he wanted to play,Ã¢â‚¬Â Narron said.
When Dunn was asked about it, he uttered a profanity and said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“He isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t supposed to be talking about that. It was not that big of a deal.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What may be more concerning is that it’s still bothering him, at least as much as he’ll let it bother him.
Asked how long the hand hurt, Dunn said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“What time is it now?Ã¢â‚¬Â
So it still hurts.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yeah, I had it checked this week, and the doctor said I should put a splint on it, but the heck with that,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the man who takes over first base for the Cincinnati Reds this year.
Dunn, a former scholarship quarterback at the University of Texas before he was the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ No. 2 draft choice in 1998, believes a little olÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ hairline fracture shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop a 6-foot-6, 275-pound Texan.
And it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In May in Houston, I was diving back into third base on a pickoff play, and Morgan Ensberg stepped on the hand,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Dunn played on.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Later in the year, some home game, and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t remember who, I was hit on the hand, same exact spot,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I remember how I used to make fun of Aaron Boone for getting hit on the hands all the time and asking him, Ã¢â‚¬ËœHow does that happen? How can you get hit on the hand? CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you get out of the way?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Now I know.Ã¢â‚¬Â
On Dunn and a long term contract and the new ownership:
Asked if the Reds had talked to him about signing a multiyear contract, he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“That is a big no. Not a word. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard rumors, but nothing official.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Now that the team is under new ownership and a new general manager is coming aboard, Dunn hopes that changes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard great stuff about the new owner (Bob Castellini),Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He showed this team a lot by stepping right in and firing Dan OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien. I love that he wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afraid to do something. I hear he is a guy who will hang around the clubhouse, and I love that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Too many owners you feel like theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the Pope and that you have to take off your shoes in their presence. But I heard Castellini is a regular dude and I look forward to meeting him,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added.
Let’s hope that Castellini’s first priority (maybe second after hiring a GM) is getting Dunn locked up to a long term deal. It would do a lot toward actually SHOWING fans that he means business.