There's something to be said for remaining calm under pressure, especially as the new kid in the clubhouse. The White Sox's newest designated hitter Adam Dunn, with a career that spans a decade in the National League (and now the AL) has learned to take the highs and lows of his career in stride, and not to rest on his laurels. The Sox may not be at the top of the standings, but thanks to personalities like Dunn's it's just a matter of time before the winning camaraderie in the clubhouse carries over onto the field.
CitysBest spoke with Dunn as his team struggled early in the season. Since then, things have started to turn around for the White Sox.
CB: You're such a power hitter, but there's so much pressure, especially given the team's current state, to produce. How do you deal with the pressure?
AD: I don't know. [laughs] I don't feel any pressure. I mean, it's baseball. I could think of a whole lot of other things that would have pressure. I expect a lot out of myself obviously, but I'm not going to put so much pressure on myself that it affects what I do, even though right now I'm not doing anything, but I know it's going to turn around, and I know it's a long season.
CB: You really wanted to come to Chicago and play for the Sox. What was it that drew you here?
AD: Well, the team ... I knew what kind of team it was, and figured it was my best chance of winning a ring. I couldn't picture myself being in a better city. Plus, getting to play the Cubs three times a year, I mean, it's awesome.
CB: This is going to be your first Cubs/Sox series coming up. What have you heard, and what are you looking forward to about it?
AD: Obviously I've heard a lot about it, but I don't know if it's going to be that big of a deal to me because I've played the Cubs so many times at Wrigley (with the Reds and Nationals). The intensity is going to be there because it's such a big rivalry in the game.
CB: Ok, be honest. . . you hit a huge homerun, or a game-changing hit. When you get home do you watch "SportsCenter" to see if you made the top 10 plays?
AD: I can promise you on my life that that doesn't happen. Zero chance!
CB: What's the best career advice you've ever received?
AD: When I was in A-ball, my manager said it's easy to get to the major leagues, but it's harder to stay. That stuck with me because once you get here, you have to work even harder to stay here.
CB: What's your career highlight up until this point?
AD: Career highlight. . um. . not like I've had that many. It should be easy.
CB: Didn't you hit a grand slam to win a game. . . or am I making this up?
AD: No, you're not, I know what you're talking about. That was pretty cool actually. [laughs] That was pretty cool!
CB: Glad I can come up with your career highlight for you.
AD: Yeah, that was a walk-off granny. . . we were down by three. And I called it too! Because there was a Nickelback concert right after, and it started right after the ninth inning, and we made the concert on time which was even better. Yeah, that's a good one.