Yesterday, White Sox DH Adam Dunn went on the Waddle & Silvy Show and managed to go the entire eight minutes of his segment without telling them to shove it, which I would have done if I were him.
They of course open the line of questioning by talking about last season. You know, the season that’s over.
They asked if it was the transition from the NL to the AL that made the season a difficult one.
Adam responded: ”Last year was just…um, you know it’s over. I don’t know what happened.”
They asked if his adjustment into the AL was more difficult than he expected and he said yes, but that it wasn’t the reason why he had a disappointing season.
When they asked about whether or not it was hard for him to face his teammates during his slump, he said that it was hard, but they were supportive and, “I’m glad it’s over.”
Not taking the hint, Waddle & Silvy continued to beat this dead horse. Yes, they asked about the Cubs series (p.s. I am going to the game tonight, so can we get a win fellas??) and Jake Peavy’s amazing comeback, and Paul Konerko’s talent. But it once again circles back to the 2011 season.
One of them (I don’t know which one is Waddle and which one is Silvy) gave him the option of choosing either Peavy or himself for the Comeback Player of the Year award. He of course picked Peavy and said it’s mainly because Peavy came back from surgery (a surgery, which by the way, sounds excruciating) and is pitching phenomenally, whereas about himself he says, “mine wasn’t injury related, mine was just uh….I don’t know what it was.”
Then one of them pipes in “mental…emotional…personal.”
Okay, seriously? I have listened to this podcast maybe ten times at this point and it is just so obvious that Dunn doesn’t know why he had a bad season, but IT’S OVER, he’s not the first person it’s happened to and he won’t be the last.
W & S were digging and digging to try and get the magical answer to the question Dunn himself cannot answer (but I am sure wishes he could, so he could shut them up and people would stop asking him the same question over and over).
When they ask him if he can understand why baseball fans wondered what happened when he went from killing it to whiffing it, he says, “I was there…how do you think I felt?”
“But it’s over.”
He continues to say it’s over, and they continue to ask him about it. But he keeps his cool with them and remains charming and engaged, which is more than I can say for what I would have done if it were me.
In 2011, he hit .159 with just 11 HR and 42 RBI, coming off a season in which he batted in 103 and hit 38 home runs.
This season, he’s hitting .225 with 23 HR (which, by the way, leads the league) and has batted in 52 already.
So, sandwiched between two great seasons (2010 & 2012) is a fluke. That’s all it is. We don’t need to continue to dwell on the past. Instead we should focus on a team that could reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Enough is enough. Let’s stop talking about his 2011 season – as Dunn so simply puts it: ”it’s over.”