Chicago, collectively, just might owe Adam Dunn an apology or two.
Dunn, the White Sox's prized offseason acquisition before the 2011 season, sleepwalked through a historically bad season. He set the dubious Sox record for strikeouts in a single season with 177, had a gag-inducing .159 batting average and an even worse .142 average with runners in scoring position.
Sox fans, Cubs fans, of course, and the media let him have it. By the end of the season he was being booed mercilessly.
But that was last year.
Dunn's 2012 already is bringing smiles to fans' faces.
Entering Sunday's game, he had eight homers, 22 RBIs, a .250 batting average and a .348 average with runners in scoring position. At this same point last year, Dunn was hitting .165 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.
On Saturday, he played the hero in the Sox's 3-2 win in Detroit, hitting a two-run homer in the ninth to win it.
"He's just in a good position to hit and he worked hard in the off-season and in spring training to get to that position," slugger Paul Konerko said after the win. "Now he's just rolling with it."
And so are Sox fans.