Strap on your helmets -- we got us an ol' fashioned war-of-words.
In the blue corner, we have J.P. Ricciardi, general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, a sort-of poor man's Theo Epstein. And in the red corner, it's Adam Dunn, Cincinnati Reds outfielder, known for hitting baseballs approximately 900-ft. Let's play the feud!
Ricciardi was a guest on a show on The Fan 590, in Toronto, when a caller suggested that the Blue Jays should trade for Dunn, who has been a frequent name in trade rumors this season.
“He’s a lifetime .230, .240 hitter that strikes out a ton and hits home runs,” Ricciardi said.
“Yes, he hits home runs, which none of the Toronto Blue Jays are doing,” the caller replied.
Then Ricciardi, perhaps frustrated with his team's lack of being good at baseball this season, kinda lost it.
“Do you know the guy doesn’t really like baseball that much?” Ricciardi said to the caller. “Do you know the guy doesn’t have a passion to play the game that much? How much do you know about the player?
“There’s a reason why you’re attracted to some players and there’s a reason why you’re not attracted to some players. I don’t think you’d be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here …
“We’ve done our homework on guys like Adam Dunn and there’s a reason why we don’t want Adam Dunn. I don’t want to get into specifics.”
Later in the day, Dunn responded:
"I know nothing about this clown. I have no idea who he is," Dunn told reporters in Cincinnati on Thursday. "I don't really care what one guy thinks, to be honest with you. If I'm a GM, I don't know if I would go out of my way to kind of discredit a player.
"It [ticks] me off to be honest with you. He doesn't even know me. If he knew me, fine, say what you want. This guy doesn't know anything about me other than what he sees on whatever SportsCenter they have up there. That's it."
As FireJoeMorgan points out, if Dunn were traded to the Blue Jays, he would lead them in runs, home runs, RBI, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. For the record, those are probably all things Toronto could use, considering they're currently 25th in runs scored.
Even later in the day, Ricciardi apologized, and has apparently been trying to get in touch with the Reds' GM, to talk to Dunn directly. So, alright then -- we're all friends now? Dunn can come play on the Blue Jays? Um, not quite.
"If anything happens, I ain't going to Toronto," Dunn said. "I can eliminate one team. I'm not converting my dollars to loonies and toonies just yet."
Ah yes, their animated, cartoon-like currency - the only thing that is keeping Canada from becoming a world power.