Dunn sees winning attitude in Nats
After the Nationals won their 10th game of the season on Sunday afternoon, first baseman Adam Dunn believes the Nationals can keep winning and surprise opponents for the rest of the season.
“This team didn’t lose 102 games. That was last year,” Dunn said.
Dunn believes the winning attitude started during the offseason, when the Nationals made moves to improve the team. They signed free agents Matt Capps, Adam Kennedy and Ivan Rodriguez and traded for Brian Bruney during the offseason.
The front office moves then carried over onto the field during Spring Training even though the team went 10-20 during the exhibition season.
“It might sound kind of corny — seeing what the front office people did and seeing that everyone is tired of losing — [they brought] in some guys who can play,” said Dunn who drove in the game winning run against the Dodgers on Sunday. “The attitude in Spring Training was great. I don’t know any person on this team that don’t believe we can do some damage. I don’t mean just compete. I mean win.”
Dunn said the 2009 Nationals would have found a way to lose a game. In the ninth inning of Sunday’s game, Justin Maxwell made a diving catch to save the game. Dunn is not sure if Maxwell would have made that play last year.
“Last year, it might have gotten in the sun or clank off his glove,” Dunn said. “I think everybody just expects to win every single night. Last year, it seemed like what could go wrong, went wrong.
“This year, it’s not that way. I think we are making our own luck. Everything is so positive around here now. All the negative crap is pretty much behind us. We know what we have and its showing on the field.”