Adam Dunn ribbed by Chicago White Sox teammates for attending the Oscars (photo)
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn may be best known for his slugging prowess (or alternatively, the frequency at which he strikes out when he’s not demonstrating his slugging prowess) in the big leagues, but he has also dabbled a bit in acting.
Dunn had a very minor, uncredited role as bartender Neddie Jay in the “Dallas Buyers Club,” the film that earned Matthew McConaughey his Oscar over the weekend (not to mention other Hollywood awards and accolades) for his riveting portrayal of Ron Woodroof.
Dunn also helped finance the film as an investor in Truth Entertainment (started by ex-Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer Joe Newcomb), the production company behind the motion picture, and that was the reason why he actually was invited to the Academy Awards on Sunday.
“Realistically, how many times do you get to do something like this,” Dunn said, per the New York Daily News. “I got to do some pretty cool stuff in my life, but this would be one of them.”
But if Dunn thought his return to spring training with the White Sox without teammates giving him a hard time over his hobnobbing with the glitterati in Tinseltown, think again.
The White Sox had a nice little clubhouse surprise awaiting Dunn upon his return: His locker was decorated to resemble the red carpet treatment he was just afforded at the Oscars.
.@adamdunn_44 found a remodeled locker when he returned to the #WhiteSox clubhouse after his trip to the #Oscars. pic.twitter.com/kTWnXJnLUS
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 4, 2014
Well done. But somehow, odds are Dunn is more than happy to exchange a little ribbing from is teammates for a night at the Academy Awards.