Number 2: Adam Dunn 2009
Dunn: 2-4, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 runs scored, 4 RBI
Just as Bryce Harper hits home runs on Opening Day, Adam Dunn hits exactly 40 home runs in a season. In the four years prior to him signing a free agent contract with the Nationals, that is just what he did, hit exactly 40 home runs. Well, he may not have ended his first season with the Nats with 40 (came close in both years with 38), he did knock one out on Opening Day.
In a high scoring affair, which saw the team from DC fighting back from the get-go, Dunn burst on the scene immediately. In his second at bat he doubled to deep left field, driving in a run. He would later score in the inning. When he strolled to the plate a second time, with the Nats trailing 8-2, Dunn blasted a three-run shot to right field to pull his team back within striking distance.
While the Nationals would drop the opener to the Florida Marlins, they would get a glimpse of things to come. They saw Dunn’s raw power up close, and even though he struck out too much over the course of his stay, there are still people fighting for a Big Donkey Day in The District.