One-time Nationals slugger Adam Dunn made his return to D.C. for the first time since leaving in free agency after the 2010 season. Dunn, a popular player in the clubhouse and with the fans, was out of the lineup on Tuesday night with the White Sox surrendering the designated hitter during the interleague series in the Nationals’ Park.
He spoke with the D.C. media before the game, though. Here’s some of what the slugger had to say:
On if he expected the Nationals to be this good: “I think anyone could see it coming. You just didn’t know how quickly it was going to transpire. I don’t think it is a surprise to anyone here or anyone in baseball.”
On if he could see it happening here this quickly: “It’s obviously easy for me to say now because of what’s happened, but yeah. I caught kind of the beginning. (Stephen Strasburg) coming in, drafting (Bryce Harper), the direction they were going. To me, it was easy for me to see they were going to go from a decent, competitive team to a really good one really quick.”
On if it was strange coming back to Nationals Park and going to the visitors’ clubhouse: “Yeah, it was a little weird. When you’re greeted by the security guard it was like I was here yesterday. That kind of stuff is special. That’s the little stuff I’m talking about, you pull in in a cab and the security is the same as you remember from a couple of years ago. You sit there and talk to him and it is like you never left. It’s just cool. It doesn’t happen a lot of places.”
On if he ever felt he would return to the Nationals as a free agent: “We had great, open (dialogue) toward the end of the season that year. Sometimes things just don’t work out. It was nothing they did, nothing I did. In business, sometimes things just don’t work out. I don’t know how else to put it. I didn’t know if I was coming back and I didn’t.”
“I knew they were going to do what was best for the team… There was no reason for it other than things just didn’t work out. You’ll never hear me saying anything bad about anybody in this organization, top to bottom. Everything they’ve done has been very first class and I really enjoyed it over there.”
On how he feels now, in his third season with the Chicago White Sox: “I’m just glad that the body feels good and I’m healthy. That’s always been my thing. When I’m healthy, I’ll be fine. I’m healthy now. I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing.
On his opinion on the designated hitter: “I do have an opinion but I’d like to keep it to myself because I like my job. It’s tough. I see both sides of the argument. It has been around forever. But interleague is kind of a year ‘round deal.”