On Sunday, right after he was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Oakland Athletics, Adam Dunn told reporters "this is probably going to be it," meaning he would retire at the end of the 2014 season.
Outlets everywhere went with the story, many taking the angle that Dunn has never appeared in the playoffs in his 14 MLB seasons. Well, that was fun while it lasted. Now Dunn is changing his tune.
Here is what the 34-year-old told the San Francisco Chronicle:
Dunn on retirement: “Obviously, things have changed now. I owe it to myself to put that on the back burner for at least a couple months.”— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) September 3, 2014
It appears finally being on a good team in a pennant race has altered Dunn's perspective. Really, though, who could blame him? He is likely about to have the most fun he's ever had playing professional baseball.
Dunn - who played with the Nats in 2009 and 2010 - would be a free agent after this season, but happens to have 462 career home runs. Considering he hit at least 34 homers in nine of his previous 10 seasons before this year, No. 500 could happen next season.
With that goal in mind, he has to come back, right?