CHICAGO – It was far from a hard decision to keep the struggling Adam Dunn out of Wednesday’s lineup.
The left-handed swinger is 1-for-48 against lefties this season and that one hit was an infield single. He was also 7-for-37 (.189) against Cubs starter, and left-hander, Doug Davis in his career.
At least it kept the strikeout-prone Dunn from hearing more boos. It has been an awkward transition for Dunn to be struggling mightily with a new team and in a new town, while his family has to listen to the jeers from the stands.
“Yeah, it’s not easy,” Dunn said about the booing. “You’re trying. It’s not like I like doing what I’m doing right now. But again, I can sort of understand where they’re coming from. It obviously doesn’t make it easy.”
Dunn has struck out 91 times and is batting .175. He has seven home runs and 29 RBI.
The boos are understandably getting louder now and they would be probably be coming at that volume even if a four-year, $56 million contract didn’t raise expectations.
“Believe it or not, after I’m walking back, I’m probably not thinking about the fans,” Dunn said. “I’m probably thinking … I really don’t know what I’m thinking. You hear it, but I don’t know how to explain it to you. Ever been booed? No. Then you wouldn’t know. I don’t know how to explain it to you. It’s like you hear it, but you almost think … I’ve been saying all along it’s the Cubs fans booing here.”
Dunn says he has doen everything from extra video sessions to early batting practice sessions and will continue to plug away when given a chance.
“I know how frustrated they are, because my family is frustrated, everyone,” Dunn said. “I don’t even answer my phone anymore because I don’t want to hear what’s wrong with this and that. It’s frustrating. I can’t even put into words.
“I’ve never been through anything like this in my life. It’s the most frustrating thing that’s ever happened to me. But it’s not going to change my outlook on baseball, or life, or anything like that. This game isn’t going to define me as a person. This is a game, an occupation, you try to do your best, one game at a time and forget about the bad stuff.”