After 14 years and 457 home runs, Adam Dunn makes his pitching debut
Adam Dunn, Destroyer of Dingers and Humiliator of Hurlers, became a turncoat on Tuesday night. After years of terrorizing pitchers, knocking out 457 home runs and walking over 1,300 times during his 14 year career, Dunn got a taste of what it's like out on the mound.
During his one inning of work, which came with the White Sox trailing Texas 15-0, Dunn allowed one run on two hits and a walk -- not bad for a guy who failed to break 83 mph with his "fastball."
Dunn even buzzed Elvis Andrus off the plate. You know, just like a real big league pitcher.
The opposition realized they were powereless against that kind of inside heat:
Beltre on Dunn pitching: "If he hit somebody, we can't charge the mound because he's too big."- Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) August 6, 2014
And how did Dunn's teammates respond?
Eaton on Dunn: "I haven't laughed on a baseball field like that in a long time, ever since I was probably kicking dandelions."- Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) August 6, 2014
Dunn's appearance is also notable as sluggers rarely take the mound. His 457 dingers are the third-highest total for anyone to ever pitch:
Most career HR at time of mound appearance: Babe Ruth (hit #686) 10/1/1933 Jimmie Foxx (534) 9/17/1945 Adam Dunn (457) 8/5/2014- Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 6, 2014
Whether this means we'll be seeing the Big Donkey come out to relieve more often, we can look to the stars and hope.