A framed, color photograph of Adam Dunn in the batter's box hangs in the corridor leading to the home clubhouse at Nationals Park.
And when he stepped out of a taxi Tuesday before his Chicago White Sox opened a series at the Washington Nationals, Dunn was greeted warmly by a security guard.
''Like I was here yesterday,'' Dunn said.
He played for the Nationals in 2009 and 2010, when the losses mounted but the groundwork was being set in place for a team that suddenly soared to a majors-high 98 wins and an NL East title last year.
''I think everyone saw it coming,'' Dunn said about the Nationals' turnaround. ''You probably didn't see it coming as quickly as it did. But it was just definitely a matter of time. They've got the right people in the right places. They've got people making good decisions that should be making the decisions. They've got a good thing going over here.''
As he spoke, Dunn sat in the visiting clubhouse, fiddling with the tan laces on a black fielder's glove...