Dunn receives standing ovation from Nats fans
A few hours after learning that he was not dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline, Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 38,049 during the team’s 7-5 victory over the Phillies at Nationals Park on Saturday.
The ovation occurred in the first inning when Dunn entered the batter’s box. It was the fans’ way of saying they were happy that Dunn is still a member of the Nationals. Dunn ranked the moment as one of the best in his career.
“That really means a lot, especially coming from where I came from,” Dunn said. “These fans really care if I stay or go. It means a lot. You tend to notice these things lot more when you come to place that really appreciates what you do and things like that.
“I can’t really put into words. It’s just one of those special things. When I retire, it’s one of the things that will be on the top of the list to remember.”
Dunn has been a popular figure the moment he arrived in Washington — and for good reason. Last year, Dunn hit a career high .267 with 38 home runs and 105 RBIs for the Nationals. This season, Dunn is hitting .276 with 24 home runs and 64 RBIs.