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RIP Ryan Freel

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Former MLB infielder, most notably with the Reds, commits suicide at age 36:

    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/288484/483/Former-Big-Leaguer-from-Jax-Ryan-Freel-Dead-at-36
     
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Holy shit.
     
  3. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Damn. RIP.

    And with that coming from a radio report at 9:42, I'm wondering how long it will take for AP to catch up with the news.
     
  4. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    When he was just breaking in, I used to go to a handful of Reds games a year (usually when they were playing the Cubs). Even though I'm a blue-blooded Cubs fan, Ryan Freel quickly became one of my favorite players because of the way he went after every ball and covered so much ground (and could play virtually every position). He played with such enthusiasm. He did briefly play for the Cubs (which increased my appreciation factor for him even more) on the last legs of his career.

    RIP. Awful to hear this news.
     
  5. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Damn I remember when he was a Jays prospect of some promise. I saw him play years ago in Ottawa for the Louisville Bats.

    RIP.
     
  6. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

  7. Matt1735

    Matt1735 Well-Known Member

    Wow, that sucks. Best to his family and friends.
     
  8. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Echoing what Buck said: holy shit.

    He was one of my favorite players growing up.

    RIP.
     
  9. MLancaster

    MLancaster New Member

    As far as I can tell, AP still hasn't moved a word on this. A day later. Curious.
     
  10. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    What a surprise bit of news. Holy cow... went to a few Reds games and thought the same of Freel. Good, blue-collar hard worker. RIP, right at Christmas... very sad.
     
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Freel basically had to retire from concussions, one of which happened when he was hit in the head by a pickoff throw. So perhaps this is unsurprising when you really think about it.
     
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Trent Rosecrans and Marc Lancaster wrote a very nice tribute/remembrance on CBSSports.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/eye-on-baseball/21444808/remembering-ryan-freel
     
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