In the spirit of the great "WHO? Wil Nieves!" MASN spot of 2009, our favorite recurring ad during Nationals games on MASN this season is Adam Dunn's PSA for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Something about the part where Dunn breathlessly implores viewers to think about the plight of the baby oysters in the Chesapeake brings a tear to the eye every time.
Another tragic thought -- worse even than the plight of the baby oysters in the Chesapeake -- is the thought of life without Adam Dunn for the Nationals. Here's Mike Rizzo, from a couple of days ago:
"We need to get a 4-hole hitter that plays first base. We understand that. We want it to be Adam Dunn. But if it isn't, we need to address that situation."
(Mike Rizzo, via CSNWashington.com, 9/29/2010)
On Thursday, Adam Kilgore took a stab at the question: "If not Adam Dunn, then who?" over at Nationals Journal. The answer, as far as we're concerned, is: there is no better option, red flag(s) nonwithstanding. And Mark Zuckerman reported on changes to the CBA that will impact the Nats' ongoing negotiations with Dunn:
Here's the key point as it relates to the Nationals: Their window to negotiate with Adam Dunn exclusively just shrunk by 10 days. (Mark Zuckerman, via Nats Insider, 9/30/2010)
Not good. But if you're worried that your final memory of Adam Dunn at Nationals Park will be his golden sombrero at the 2010 home finale Wednesday night, and you're worried about the plight of the baby oysters in the Chesapeake, fear not. Adam Dunn could still be back at Nationals Park next year during the Battle of the Beltways; just with the Orioles. And the last time we checked, Baltimore is pretty darn close to the Chesapeake Bay. So stop worrying about the baby oysters, NatsTown...