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Adam Dunn’s pregame thoughts

Oct 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

NEW YORK — If this is his last game with the Nationals, Adam Dunn certainly isn't approaching it with any added emotion. The soon-to-be-free agent was his usual self in the clubhouse this morning, joking around with everyone, setting his fantasy football roster and generally avoiding any thoughts about where he'll be playing next year.

"I'm looking at this like it's the last game of the season, like I'd treat any one," he said.

Dunn wouldn't make any predictions or answer hypothetical scenarios about his future, but he did perhaps shed some light about one factor he'll take into consideration this fall when deciding where to sign: The prospect of winning.

Dunn has never played in the postseason, has never actually played for a winning team. He currently ranks 61st among all active position players in games played (1,448 today) and if the Giants make it to the playoffs, only one guy ahead of him on the list (Randy Winn: 1,716) will have never made it to the postseason.

"That's why you play the game, to get to the postseason," Dunn said. "There's a lot of good players who haven't been to the postseason. I don't want to be one of those guys at the end their careers who will beRead more »

  1. Andrew - Oct 3, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl but is a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest QBs and there are plenty of others that never got close. Look at Kearns luck getting traded to the Yankees so I think it will happen for sure one day for Dunn.Dunn still has a long way to go in his career and given his HR ability in the post-steroid era, he may find himself in rare company one day in the history of baseball.If he really wants a World Series ring, he can go the way of Thome in the latter part of his career for sure.I am still hoping that Dunn stays in DC and makes the post-season here as an integral part of this team!

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    He's gone. Lerners too cheap. Thanks for a couple great years, Adam. I hope you sign with an AL team so you can't come back to haunt us too much.$40 million over three years is wayyyyyyyyy too much for Uncle Teddy.

  3. Anonymous8 - Oct 4, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Sunshine – Trust me, even Uncle Teddy would do that deal tomorrow!Dunn's people are working a much more ambitious contract. Somewhere you hope Dunn will take a deal he knows he can do with the Nats instead of holding out for better like after the 2008 season. Dunn had no serious suitors and didn't sign a deal until January 2009.This deal works for Dunn and the Nats and lets hope they can do it before the postseason ends.

  4. bobn - Oct 4, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    He is a good guy…great chemistry with Zim and the Hammer…but costs to much per HR less loose defense to command that kind of money and length of contract. Morse goes to first base and they sign a second or third starter for less money.





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