In the second inning of Saturday loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Adam Dunn -- who was not in the game -- left the bench and the clubhouse, and went up to the Brewers radio booth to visit with legendary announcer Bob Uecker, who made his return Friday to the airwaves after missing time recovering from heart surgery.
Dunn even appeared live on Milwaukee radio.
I'm all for Dunn paying his respect to a friend and one of the venerable voices of the game.
However, the second inning of Major League baseball game on live radio is not the time or place.
There is plenty of time pre-game or post-game for Dunn to have caught up with Uecker. Before he reports, during batting practice, after the game. On HIS time. Dunn's personal time.
At game time, Dunn belongs on the bench, or the clubhouse, or the batting cage below the stands. Period. No exception. It's game time.
No wonder Dunn is so emphatic about not playing in the American League as a designated hitter. If he can't stay on the bench in a game where he didn't start, imagine the places he'll go if he knows he only has to hit every other inning.
He might go up on the concourse for a bratwurst and a beer. He could visit the family lounge to check in on the kids. Maybe he could give the color guy a break every other inning if he likes going in the broadcast booth so much.
Leaving the clubhouse during a game, riding an elevator up to the press box level, and going on a live radio broadast is simply inexcusable. It shows utter disregard for process, his manager and his teammates.
This is a simple case of a player that does not respect the situation he's in. If he isn't punished by the team I will be disappointed. Not that Dunn will get away with his brazen act, but that the organization has that little regard for process.
"I'll pay my fine," Dunn told reporters when confronted about the incident on Sunday.
Disrepectful in the least, insubordinate at worst.
"I wish you hadn't told me that," Manager Jim Riggleman said when he was told -- by reporters -- what had happened.
Riggleman obviously doesn't want to have to discipline one of his team's "leaders".
But somebody should.