Only 22 of Adam Dunn’s 300 career homers have come while wearing a Nationals uniform, but the D.C. fans just sereneded the slugger as though he’s been part of the organization for years.
Dunn absolutely mashed a 2-2 fastball from Braves rookie Tommy Hanson into the second deck down the right-field line. It landed about three-quarters of the way up Section 239, nearly reaching the concourse behind it.
Dunn becomes only the 13th player in major league history to reach the 300 mark before his 30th birthday. (He turns 30 Nov. 9.) It’s an impressive list, one that includes Alex Rodriguez, Jimmy Foxx, Ken Griffey Jr., Andruw Jones, Albert Pujols, Mel Ott, Eddie Mathews, Mickey Mantle, Juan Gonzalez, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson and Harmon Killebrew.
After Dunn circled the bases, the scoreboard crew here put up a congratulatory message, bringing the crowd of 23,708 to its feet in search of a curtain call. Dunn obliged, stepping to the top of the dugout and doffing his cap. After the inning, the scoreboard played a well-done video of Dunn highlights to one of his favorite songs: Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Good stuff.
Unfortunately, Dunn’s homer came with no one on, and the Nats still trail the Braves 3-1 now in the eighth. John Lannan remains on the mound, but unless his teammates rally, the lefty is looking at a hard-luck loss.