Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Adam Dunn talks to team therapist
By Doug Padilla
DENVER -- As if slumping Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn wasn't frustrated enough, he just got schooled on the golf course by the team psychologist.
The good news, though, is that Dunn spent the time last week talking things through with Jeffrey Fishbein, who has been with the club off and on since spring training.
Asked if Fishbein is any good, Dunn complimented his golf game.
So is he a good psychologist?
"I don't know what's a good one," Dunn finally said. "Yeah, sure. I don't know, it's my first run-in with one."
Everybody seems to agree that Dunn's issues are mostly mental as he has struggled in his transition to a new team and a new league.
"I talked to him a little bit," Dunn said. "It works for different people. I don't know if it works for me, but you know I have talked with him and I even golfed with him. I like him."
At this point, it's worth a try. Dunn is batting just .173 and has 100 strikeouts in 67 games.
"I'm not giving up, I promise you," Dunn said. "There's still a lot of baseball left, we put ourselves in position where guys who have been struggling have to step it up.
"I just need to go back to basics and quit thinking. It's not me. I'm not a thinker. Have to quit thinking. That's not me. I'm not a thinker. I have to see it, hit the damn thing and not make it so complicated."
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.