Adam Dunn Scolded, But Not Fined, For Visiting Bob Uecker
The only problem is that Dunn welcomed Uecker back during the second inning of a game between the Nationals and the Brewers when, presumably, most people would expect he'd be concentrating on the task at hand. Dunn wasn't in the starting lineup and it was only the second inning when he suddenly appeared on Uecker's broadcast but it still seemed likely that he would be punished for it.
Dunn was scolded Tuesday by Nats manager Jim Riggleman and G.M. Mike Rizzo for his unapproved jaunt from the dugout to the radio booth, but he avoided the fine that he said he'd be happy to pay when asked about it on Sunday.
Riggleman and Rizzo had no choice but to address it and they did so in the right way. Fining him, even if the money was directed to the American Heart Association, would have been kinda petty for something that took a matter of seconds and had no impact on the team or the game.
Dunn wasn't likely to be called on as a defensive replacement during the top of the second and he clearly didn't mean any disrespect to the team when he went calling on Uecker, but being in the clubhouse or dugout is part of the job requirements. He could have seen Uecker before the game or asked Riggleman if it was okay or handled it any number of other ways without raising any ruckus.
That said, it's pretty cool that Dunn did it because it shows a lot of love for one of baseball's great characters. J.P. Ricciardi might not like Dunn's passion, but we do and we are thankful that his visit allowed Uecker to get off a great line.
"You've been telling me for years you're gonna go out fishin' with me, and one of these days we gotta do it before you either hang 'em up or I take a dixie."
Let's hope it is a good long while before either of those things happen.