by Steve Bogira
The White Sox designated hitter is a bona fide one percenter, and we're not talking about his batting average. Dunn made $14 million this season, and his contract guarantees him three more years at that rate. "But that's not net, it's whachacallit," he said. "By the time you pay your taxes and your agent, you're lucky if you walk home with eight mil."
The Occupy Chicago and Occupy Wall Street protests have condemned the wealthiest one percent of Americans, and have called for reforms that would more equitably distribute the nation's wealth. Dunn said he'd seen some TV coverage of the protests, but hadn't followed them closely. A native of Texas, he said he opposed repeal of the Bush tax cuts out of loyalty to fellow Texan Bush. Regarding forgiving student loan debt, he said, "Sure, I'd forgive 'em. I didn't even know they'd done nothin' wrong." He wanted to consult with his agent before venturing an opinion on eliminating corporate personhood. As for the proposed Buffet rule, Dunn said he wasn't familiar with the proposal but generally favored buffets.
He'd heard that some of the Occupy Chicago protesters were calling for him to be prosecuted for crimes against White Sox fans. Dunn hit .159 this year, one of the lowest averages in the history of major league baseball, and set the White Sox single-season strikeout record. The "Big Breeze," as he's sometimes called, has 1809 strikeouts in 11 seasons. "Eighteen hundred Ks and you're labeled for life," he said.
He isn't looking forward to next season. "I can just hear the fans—'Hey, Dunn, you lousy one percenter!' I'm gonna miss just being called a bum."