Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi went on an interesting rant about Adam Dunn yesterday, stating that he doesn’t want to acquire Dunn, because “he doesn’t like baseball all that much.” 

Ricciardi’s obviously defensive about his last place team, which is third from the bottom in runs scored, but seems to have undergone quite a philosophy shift from his Oakland roots.  The guy signed David Eckstein, for goodness sakes.

Mr. Redlegs has kindly supplied us with the audio, edited for your pleasure.

ricciardi_dunn.mp3

Edited 12:32:  Dunn responds with some choice words of his own (via Fay):

“I don’t know the clown. You can use the word clown.”

“I’ve seen it, I haven’t heard it. I really don’t care what one guy thinks, to be honest with you. If I’m a GM, I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to discredit a player.”

“I’m not going to sit here and defend someone who’s going to sit there and say I don’t care about baseball. It pisses me off, to be honest with you. He doesn’t even know me. If he knew me, fine. Say what you want. But this guy doesn’t know anything about me other than what he sees on whatever SportsCenter they have on up there.”

Attaboy.