GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For the second time this week, Adam Dunn walked down a red carpet.
Adam Dunn was greeted by a red carpet leading from the doors of the White Sox clubhouse to his locker Tuesday morning, the work of an unidentified member of the team. At his locker was a velvet rope and a few cardboard Oscar statues.
It didn't have the glitz and glamour of Sunday's Academy Awards -- which Dunn attended -- but it still got the job done.
"This one is way cooler, way less stressful," Dunn said of the red carpet at Camelback Ranch. "I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but I was really expecting something. I wasn’t expecting something that good. That makes it easy on who did it. When it’s done that good, that nice, I already know who did it, so it makes it easy."
Dunn returned to the White Sox on Tuesday from the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where "Dallas Buyers Club" -- a film in which he invested and had a brief cameo as a bartender -- won three awards. He said he walked the red carpet in Hollywood "quickly" and didn't have anyone at the show or after parties come up to him and recognize him as a baseball player.
"That’s a level of coolness I haven’t seen before," Dunn said.
Conversing with some of baseball's best and most famous players is one thing -- but while Dunn said he wasn't starstruck before, during or after the Oscars, there were moments where he might have been a bit awestruck.
"I could sit here and tell you probably 10 things that I was like, ‘This is really cool,’ " Dunn said. "I said that probably 10 different times about 10 different things. I want to say the buildup (was the best part). There was something really cool, something going on that was really pretty cool, it seemed like every second of the day. It’s cool to see people you’ve never met and see them all the time."
Initially, Dunn was hesitant about going, but with a push from manager Robin Ventura he decided to go. He missed a few days of spring training, but was back in the White Sox lineup for Tuesday's Cactus League game against Cleveland.
His return didn't come with any added celebrity inside the clubhouse, though.
"I’m still cool, dude," Dunn said, dryly. "I was way cool before this too."