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When Dunn decided that he and I had been apart too long and he signed with the White Sox, I warned my coworkers. This excerpt from an e-mail I sent to Steve Bogira on March 2 validates my prophecy:
"Don't get me wrong, Dunn is in the best situation of his career right now, but you guys need to be prepared for massive frustration. He's inevitably going to let you down in key moments and hit home runs when it doesn't matter. But that kind of seems to be the reputation of the White Sox anyway, so he should fit in nicely. Dunn was built to be a DH in the American League. I just don't know why it took so long."
Well, it turns out I was a bit off base with the homers because while Dunn has been holding his own in the strikeout department—he actually only mustered six this week, putting him at a grand total of 71—he only has five home runs. At least I can say that between the years of 2004 and 2008 I got to watch good ole' Dunner blast 40 or more (mostly useless) homers into both the right field stands and Ohio River. White Sox loyalists have only gotten to see him hit enormous tufts of air, over and over and over again.
So far: 50 games, 172 ABs, 71 Ks