GLENDALE, Ariz. — Adam Dunn will see you at the movies.
The White Sox slugger has made the first of two difficult decisions as he said Thursday he would attend Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Dunn is part of Truth Entertainment, the production company behind “Dallas Buyers Club,” which is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture.
Dunn also had a wordless cameo in the film as a bartender Neddie Jay alongside Matthew McConaughey, who is up for Best Actor. Jared Leto is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award and the film got nods for original screenplay, editing and makeup.
While Dunn spent a few days deciding whether or not to attend the ceremonies his hardest choice is upcoming — what should he wear?
“That’s an easy answer — do I look like I know what I’m wearing?” Dunn said. “I don’t know what to do about (the red carpet). That’s going to be really awkward.”
What he does know is he has the full support of the White Sox.
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Dunn is playing in Saturday’s exhibition game, which means he likely won’t be in the lineup on Sunday and is free to leave early enough to get to Los Angeles. The lineup decision by manager Robin Ventura was the final act of several confirmations that the team is OK with Dunn going. Both Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn have encouraged Dunn to attend in person and told him to return to the club Tuesday in order to attend the post-Oscars parties on Sunday night/Monday morning. Ventura even said he kind of had to push Dunn, who said he doesn’t want to be a distraction to his club.
“He’s a great teammate,” Ventura said. “He came in and talked it over and he wanted to make sure everybody was all right with it, but I think he should go. It’s probably once in a lifetime, I don’t know how many more movies he’s going to be in. I don’t know if his career is going to take off after Neddie Jay. But it’s a cool thing, I think he should go do it and guys are happy for him. … He was a little bit reluctant because you are in spring training, but we’ll be able to adjust and keep going.”
Dunn said he appreciates that Hahn and Ventura assured him in person he was OK to go.
“I can’t tell if you’re rolling your eyes in an email or a text,” Dunn said. “If I saw anything remotely that they weren’t really truly 100 percent on board then I wouldn’t do it.”
Now that he’s made his choice, Dunn plans on embracing the trip. He’s excited to go and expects he’ll be mostly anonymous at the event. But he’s still a little bit unsure about the red carpet.
“It’s not my world so I don’t know,” Dunn said.