GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Adam Dunn wants to go to the Oscars on Sunday but only if it works for him and the White Sox.
The slugger has an invite, a ride and a reason to attend the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles but he wouldn’t go if the team has an issue. Dunn said Monday that manager Robin Ventura supports the trip but Dunn hasn’t made up his mind.
Dunn is part of the production company Truth Entertainment that helped to create “Dallas Buyers Club,” which is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. Matthew McConaughey is up for Best Actor and Jared Leto is for Best Supporting Actor. Dunn has two scenes but no lines in the movie that also is up for Best Original Screenplay as well as achievements in hair and makeup and editing.
“It will be worth it,” Dunn said. “I just have to -- I don’t know yet. I have to figure it out…I care about these 25 guys here and the coaches.”
Ventura clearly embraces the idea.
He said Dunn is likely in Sunday’s lineup and would sit out Monday’s game anyway. That along with the novelty of attending the awards should give Dunn ample reason to attend as the slugger could return to camp by Tuesday.
“How many people get a chance to do that and actually be a part of it, not just go just to go, but be a part of something that has a chance to do something special,” Ventura said. “Even the next day, I’d rather have him not worry about the next day and have him catch up after that…I’m not worried about precedence either because the next time somebody has something to do with the Oscars, we’ll deal with it. It’s a cool thing and he should be able to go and enjoy it.”
Dunn said he appreciates the team’s support but still is mulling the decision. One factor, Dunn said, is players get to choose one day off each spring and he isn’t sure he wants to take his with 27 days left in camp.
“Realistically, how many times do you get to do something like this?” Dunn said. “I got to do some pretty cool stuff in my life, but this would be one of them. I don’t even think it’s a big deal. If it’s remotely an issue at all then it’s not worth it to me.”