Our favorite sportswriter, Joe Posnanski, has weighed in on Adam Dunn, sort of. If nothing else, it’s an interesting way to look at baseball fandom:
I find all this to be a little bit more than an interesting side note Ã¢â‚¬â€ I think that, in many ways, Dunn and Bloomquist represent opposing philosophies about baseball.
I think the Adam Dunn philosophy is built around what you can see, what is measurable, what is cold and hard and real. With Dunn, you get a titanic power hitter who plays every day, hits long home runs (exactly 40 ever year Ã¢â‚¬â€ no more, no less), walks a lot, strikes out every three or four at bats, plays zero positions, doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have much speed and doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do those little things that show off his great love of the game. The Dunn Way is the Michael Corleone Way, strictly business.
The Willie Bloomquist philosophy, meanwhile, is built around passion, what is intangible, this sense that if you can get a bunch of guys who KNOW HOW to play the game, who LOVE the game, who HAVE BASEBALLS BEATING IN THEIR CHESTS, then you can do wonderful things (even if the players canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hit worth a damn). With Bloomquist you have an astonishingly weak hitter who plays occasionally, cracked ONE EXTRA BASE HIT last year*, doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get on base, plays seven defensive positions, can really run and gets his uniform so dirty that, according to his jarringly lengthy Wikipedia entry, he has over the years been called (mostly in jest/derision) Wee Willie, Ballgame, The Ignitor, Effin, WFB, The Spork, Princess Willie, Willie Boom-Boom and, by Angels announcer Rex Hudler, The Mighty Bloomquist.
And my point is that I believe every baseball fan, at his/her core, leans Dunn or Bloomquist.* People who believe that on-base percentage and slugging are the most significant things, that defense and speed are overrated, that what matters is what you do and not how you look doing it lean heavily Dunn. The New York Yankees have leaned heavily Dunn: Get on base, slug the ball, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry too much about catching it. And so on.
At the same time, there are plenty of people in the game and in the stands who believe that you win by doing the little things, by playing defense and running out ground balls and playing the game with passion every day. They lean heavily Bloomquist. The Minnesota Twins, for instance, lean Bloomquist.. The Twins run and catch the ball and they have not worried too much about power or on-base percentage. This, no doubt, frustrates the heck out of a lot of Dunn-leaning Twins fans.
Lots more in the original post, so go over and read the entire thing. I think it’s an interesting theory. And what’s great is that both philosophies have won. That’s part of what I love about baseball. There are many, many ways to enjoy the game.