Tom Boswell must be trying to spike Marty Brennaman’s blood pressure:
Throughout his eight years with the Reds, five of them 40-homer seasons, Dunn was typecast as the easy-going lug who didn’t care enough — about the team, his defense, his conditioning. That image was part of the reason the Nats got him when the free agent market dried up and his phone didn’t ring. Why, $20 million was enough to get a 275-pound slugger for two years. The Nats probably could have signed him for a third year, too, but shied away. Dunn says that image was never him. Whatever. It’s not him now . . . Right now, what attitude the Nats have, or even aspire to, comes from Dunn.
Detractors will probably say that anyone could be a team leader on a losing team, but Dunn really does seem to have his head on his shoulders since coming to Washington. He’s smarter and seems more committed than most people have historically given him credit for. Given how bad the Nats are no one will probably point to his signing as one of the better pickups of the offseason, but he truly was. One shudders to think how bad the Nats would be without him right now.