Mark the month and all its anniversaries. Put away the draft of all your eulogies. Clear the way for all your private memories. -Suzanne Vega
In case you missed it, yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of Adam Dunn’s first major-league game. On that day of Adam’s first game, he recorded his first Major League hit. Hooray Adam Dunn! Wait! Not so fast! On that day too, he also recorded his first Major League strikeout. Boooooo Adam Dunn! And so it has gone for most of his career. Yesterday, Dunn reached his 10th anniversary with 363 home runs, the fifth-most in major-league history at the 10-year anniversary of a player’s big-league debut. The four players ahead of him: Albert Pujols (408), Eddie Mathews (371), Ralph Kiner (369) and Alex Rodriguez (366). Yesterday Dunn also reached his 10th anniversary with 1,756 career strikeouts. That, by far, is the highest total in Major-League history 10 years to the day since a player’s first career game. Nobody else is within 300 strikeouts of that record. Nobody. Not Reggie Jackson. Not Sammy Sosa. Not Jim Thome. Not nobody. In fact, Bobby Bonds own second place on that list; he whiffed 1,422 times in his first decade in the majors (1968-1978). So hey, happy anniversary Adam Dunn!
Peace out homies. Six two and even!