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Dunn talks return to Washington

Apr 9, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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Returning to Nationals Park for the first time since signing a free agent deal with the Chicago White Sox in 2010, former Nats first baseman Adam Dunn quickly felt back at home on Tuesday. There were familiar faces between players and stadium staff, all of whom Dunn remembers fondly. But this time Dunn headed to the other locker room, the visiting clubhouse. He called it strange, but said it “comes with the territory.”
Dunn isn’t set to start in Tuesday’s series opener, as manager Robin Ventura has catered the lineup towards lefty Gio Gonzalez. So Dunn gets to sit back and take in the experience. Whether he gets in the game as a pinch hitter, or has to wait until Wednesday with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound, Dunn is looking forward to it.
“It’s going to be fun. I loved my time here,” he said. “Obviously I still have some really good friends on the team and it will be good to see everybody from top to bottom.”
Dunn left after the 2010 season in which he hit 38 homers and over 100 RBI for the second straight year with the Nats. But general manager Mike Rizzo decided to go in a different direction, Dunn was 31 and showing his age on defense. It was beneficial for him to transition to the American League if he wanted a multi-year deal.

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  1. Candide - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    "I knew that they were going to do what was best for the team, and I was fine with that. Sometimes things just don't work out," he said. "You'll never hear me say anything bad about anybody in this organization, from top to bottom. Everything they've done has been first-class, and I really enjoyed it over there."Class act.

  2. natsfan1a - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Those of y'all who will be at the games in this series, please give "Dunn-key" a cheer for me, should the opportunity present itself.

  3. JaneB - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    I was all set to scream my lungs out for him, but felt sick to my stomach to see him standing in the on deck circle in the 9th. I'm glad I can still cheer hello tomorrow without worry.

  4. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Yes, it occurred to me when I saw him there that it was not really a good cheering opportunity. :-)

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