If nothing else, Adam Dunn has a good sense of humor, so when he was informed the record for most consecutive games with a strikeout belongs to him, he replied with a smile:

"Any time you can have a record it's pretty cool."

He also added: "But to me, I don't want to sound like it's not a big deal because it obviously is, but what matters is more (when you strike out). If you're striking out with men in scoring position, that's bad. If it's with two outs, I'm obviously trying to put a run up."

According to Joe Taxiera, author of "A Unique Look at Big League Baseball," Dunn's 36 consecutive games with a strikeout (32 this season before he snapped it Friday night) is the longest streak going back at least to 1918, shattering the record of 26 Brad Hawpe, Geoff Jenkins and Mike Cameron shared.

"I could completely change my (style) and probably strike out a quarter of the time," Dunn said. "But that's not what I'm here for. I could try to put the ball in play but what's that going to accomplish? Nothing.

"Do I like striking out? No, I hate it more than anybody in the world, believe it or not. It's not something you get used to … if you figure it out (as to why), let me know. I have no idea. It's kind of amazing."