Dunn may have played last game at Nats Park
Phillies pitching was able to stop first baseman Adam Dunn in a 7-1 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and may have played his last home game in a Nationals uniform. He is a free agent after the season ends Sunday.
A day after indicating that he wasn’t thinking about playing his last game at Nationals Park, Dunn acknowledged that he was trying to please the fans by trying to hit a home run during his four at-bats.
The chant, “Sign Adam Dunn,” was heard every time Dunn came to the plate.
“Yesterday, when I was asked that question — how it could be the final game here — I thought it would be like any other game,” Dunn said. “And then you guys got me thinking, when I started to hear that stuff, I tried to hit every ball as far as I possibly could. I was trying not to do that, but I ended up trying to do that. I wish it would have ended better today but the Phillies whipped us.
“You can’t put it into words. That’s the first time in a long time I had the jitters. I haven’t had that in baseball in a long time. Tonight, for some reason, I had it. It was pretty cool feeling.”
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said he would not be happy if the Nationals weren’t able to sign Dunn to an extension. Zimmerman said it would be hard to find a power hitter to replace Dunn, who is hitting .262 with 38 home runs and 103 RBIs.
“It would be frustrating,” Zimmerman said. “Obviously, if you lose him, you lose a big piece of a lot. It’s hard to find a [cleanup] hitter like that. Obviously, he does a lot in here that you guys and the fans don’t get to see. He is a good teammate. To let him go, it’s going to be hard to replace him. When you go out and find a guy like that, it’s not only hard, but expensive.”