It would appear that Adam Dunn won’t be joining the Blue Jays anytime soon - especially after some harsh words from Toronto’s general manager, and an equally-angry response from the Reds’ player.
The NATIONAL POST pitches up the latest on the growing feud between Dunn and Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi. It began Wednesday night when Ricciardi appeared on The Fan 590 to jabber about the Jays. One caller suggested that he should look into acquiring Dunn, who’s been rumored to be on the Reds’ trading block.
But J.P. shot that idea down with a little character assassination:
“Do you know the guy doesn’t really like baseball that much?” Ricciardi said to the caller. “Do you know the guy doesn’t have a passion to play the game that much? How much do you know about the player?
“There’s a reason why you’re attracted to some players and there’s a reason why you’re not attracted to some players. I don’t think you’d be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here.”
And Adam wasn’t certainly happy when he caught wind of Ricciardi’s comments. So Dunn swung back today, saying Ricciardi is better served working at the circus:
“I know nothing about this clown. I have no idea who he is,” Dunn told reporters in Cincinnati on Thursday. “I don’t really care what one guy thinks, to be honest with you. If I’m a GM, I don’t know if I would go out of my way to kind of discredit a player.
“It [ticks] me off to be honest with you. He doesn’t even know me. If he knew me, fine, say what you want. This guy doesn’t know anything about me other than what he sees on whatever SportsCenter they have up there. That’s it.”
(In Canada, that should actually be “SportsCentre”.)
The Reds are come to visit the
Skydome Rogers Centre next Tuesday for what should be an interesting three-game set. But Dunn says he has no ill will toward his future opponents in the dugout:
“The players didn’t say anything,” said Dunn. “It was some clown sitting in the front office pushing paper.”
However, that doesn’t mean Dunn wants to buddy-up with the Blue Jays or become part of their roster:
“If anything happens, I ain’t going to Toronto,” Dunn said. “I can eliminate one team. I’m not converting my dollars to loonies and toonies just yet.”
He better do it now while the exchange rate’s still good.