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Dunn ready for a new chapter

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Dunn ready for a new chapter

When he was introduced at a Saturday seminar at SoxFest, Adam Dunn heard the strangest sound coming from White Sox fans:

Cheers.

Quite a difference from last season when Dunn's theme song became a chorus of boos that cascaded throughout U.S. Cellular Field for weeks as he batted .159 with 177 strikeouts. Maybe the room was filled with optimistic Sox fans, maybe they're willing to give him a second chance or maybe they were just saving their boos for when the new season begins.

I couldn't really tell.

Either way Dunn is hoping to put his lost 2011 campaign behind him.

"Hopefully Im going in this year feeling as good as Ive felt in a long time and just ready to get started and quit talking about it," Dunn told reporters. I thought itd be a lot easier. I thought Id be able to go through the offseason like Whatever, its over, like I do everything else. I wasnt quite able to do that because, for one, you couldnt go anywhere without people like, What happened? Whats wrong? Basically looking for me to make an excuse or something. That ain't happening."

Considering all of the criticism from fans and media over the last eight months, give Dunn credit for coming to SoxFest to face the music. He was open and honest, even telling the fans at the seminar that things got so bad last season that his wife asked him if he should consider switching sides in the batter's box and try hitting right-handed.

Some people might subscribe to the theory that you need to fail to succeed in life, believing that the season Dunn just experienced might help him in the long run. However, Dunn is not one of those people.

"I dont buy into the you need to fail,' all that stuff," Dunn said. "Like when everyone said the (Green Bay) Packers needed to lose a game to go into the playoffs. Why? You want to win them all. I want to be as good as I can every single year for 20 years or for however long I play.

"It doesnt matter where you go, everyone is talking about last year. I realize that comes with that, but I really cant wait for Opening Day.

Towards the end of last season, Dunn spotted White Sox announced Hawk Harrelson in the parking lot and told Harrelson that his goal was to win the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2012. But Dunn knows he's not the only one who needs a bounceback year.

We made two pretty good moves, I think, this offseason," he said. "That was hopefully getting me and Alex Rios back. Thats the way Im looking at it. We pretty much have the same team. We lost a couple of key players. We have guys capable of stepping in and filling that role and do a little better. Thats what were expecting.

Dunn says he doesn't weigh himself every morning, but judging by his appearance he did lose a lot of weight, mainly in the mid-section.

Now the wait begins for Dunn to go out and prove himself to a White Sox fan base that was let down in 2011.

"As soon as New Year's Eve when I was in bed at 12:01 like everyone else," Dunn said with a smile. "That's a new year."

If there's anyone who needed a new year, it was him. Now it's here. Hopefully a new chapter begins.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list