Adam Dunn isn’t sure he’s going to be swapping the green grass of spring training for the red carpet of the Oscars.
The designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox snagged an invite to Sunday’s swanky Sunday festivities because of his role as an investor in the company that produced “Dallas Buyers Club.” It’s nominated for Best Picture, Matthew McConaughey is up for best actor and Jared Leto for best supporting actor.
“Realistically, how many times do you get to do something like this?” Dunn told CSN Chicago. “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.”
Dunn hasn’t made up his mind, but Manager Robin Ventura says it wouldn’t be a problem because Dunn could be in the lineup Sunday in Arizona and would sit out Monday’s game.
“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, who is a Texas native, has a small role as a bartender in the film, which is up for six Oscars and was produced by Truth Entertainment. He told the Chicago Tribune that he is unbothered by the lack of recognition his performance received.
“It seems like that always happens,” Dunn told the Chicago Tribune. “The Gold Glove, every year I get snubbed on that, so I’m used to it.”