Something that Dunn seems to feel he's capable of doing, as he talked to Daryl Van Schouwen about his "one stupid year."
“Everything I’ve done my entire life has been discredited by one stupid year,’’ Dunn told the Sun-Times. “Maybe discredited is not the word, but that’s kind of how I feel.
“I don’t want to make excuses. There are a few things that I probably look back on and say, ‘I shouldn’t have done this or that,’ a few things I probably would have done a little differently, but it’s over with. I can’t take it back. I don’t want to say anything that would sound like excuses. That’s the last thing I want because there are no excuses. I should have been able to get out of it, and I couldn’t.’’
One thing Dunn probably shouldn't have done is come back so quickly after his appendectomy last season. He missed only 6 days and that's when the downfall began after what had been a nice, promising start to his White Sox career.
Remember opening day? That was awesome.
Dunn also says that after never hitting during the offseason before, he's begun hitting four times a week this winter. Which probably shouldn't hurt.
As for the whole rumor about him losing 30 pounds this winter, I wouldn't put too much stock in it, as Dunn said he doesn't "stand on a scale or anything."
“I’ve been swinging the bat a little bit and doing things [working out] I’ve always done, just a little more. One of my buddies is a former minor-league guy who likes to go over there and see if he can still throw. I wouldn’t say I’m hitting five days a week. Some weeks we’ll go four times; some weeks we won’t go at all.
“I just know that my body feels good. I feel healthy. I feel great. I’m ready to get back. I’m just ready to get going.’’
He's in the best shape of his life!