(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan. Memo to Cristian Guzman: The All Star Break doesn't start until next week.)
"Yeah, it is what it is. I don't know why you keep bringing that up. We didn't bring Dunn over here to play defense. He is what he is, and we love the 40 home runs and the 100-something RBIs he's going to bring. Because we didn't have that here. I can't ask Dunn to play outfield like Nyjer Morgan plays it. That ball was off the wall and it just kept on rolling and the other one he just couldn't get to it."
(Manny Acta, via Nationals Journal, 7/10/2009)
Manny's boys lay down on the job, again.
Astros 9, Nats 4: Tough night for Lannan. And in the field, an effort only Felipe Lopez could love.
Fine, Manny, we accept your overly defensive defense of Dunn's follies; but what's your excuse for Guzman?
Oh, by the way, Dunn wasn't out there daydreaming on Bourne's triple in the 8th, either. It was an attempted deke!
"I didn't want him to be running hard out of the box, because I knew it was going to hit off that wall," Dunn said. "That's kind of why I tried to deke him a little bit. It just hit that metal thing and took off."
(Adam Dunn, via Washington Times, 7/10/2009)