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Mariners ‘sneakerhead’ Justin Dunn shares his impressive shoe collection

It’s gotta be the shoes.


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This winter the Mariners put out a tremendous video called “Kickin’ It with Kyle Lewis and Evan White.” In that video, Lewis takes White to Recess, a local shop, to get White his first pair of Jordans. During the shopping trip, Mariners resident ‘sneakerhead’ Justin Dunn stops by because who better to consult with than a teammate that has over 200 pairs of Jordans in his closet.

Well, 710 ESPN Seattle has its own sneakerhead in Taylor Jacobs, who has the dual responsibilities as co-host of Seattle Sports Saturday and our audience engagement specialist. When the shutdown of baseball occurred and all of a sudden we had more time to do more in-depth interviews, getting into Dunn’s closet shot to the top of my list of desired stories. Bringing in our shoe expert was a natural, and through the magic of Skype videos and with a big assist from Dunn’s younger brother Ryan (not little, he’s 6 foot 6), we were able to do just that.

Ryan’s assistance from Justin’s home in New York was necessary as Justin is currently staying in Arizona, living with teammate Jake Fraley and his family while working out with White, who lives close by. We have always known this group that spent last season with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers together is close, but the conversation with Dunn that can be heard on the Mariners Insider podcast on his current living arrangement further solidifies that.

As for the shoes – whether or not you have an affinity for Jordans, this is a fun conversation that highlights some great shoes, what got Justin into collecting them, the significance of specific pairs and his holy grail wish. Prime sneakerhead talk in the attached video (also here on YouTube) with looks at the highlights of both Justin and Taylor’s collections. Enjoy!

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