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5TimeWSChamps
12-22-2012, 10:44 PM
Wow

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/288484/14/Former-Big-Leaguer-from-Jax-Ryan-Freel-Dead-at-36

NeilHamburger
12-22-2012, 10:56 PM
Wow, this is sad.

I always thought the below was a joke, but now I wonder if he really did have some kind of mental problem and actually heard voices:

Freel gained some notoriety in August of 2006 when The Dayton Daily News reported that Freel talks to an imaginary voice in his head named Farney.[3] Said Freel: "He's a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him. That little midget in my head said, 'That was a great catch, Ryan,' I said, 'Hey, Farney, I don't know if that was you who really caught that ball, but that was pretty good if it was.' Everybody thinks I talk to myself, so I tell 'em I'm talking to Farney."[4] Freel later said that Farney's name arose from a conversation with Reds trainer Mark Mann: "He actually made a comment like, 'How are the voices in your head?' We'd play around and finally this year he said, 'What's the guy's name?' I said, 'Let's call him Farney.' So now everybody's like, 'Run, Farney, run' or 'Let Farney hit today. You're not hitting very well.'"[

Red Raindog
12-22-2012, 11:06 PM
Wow just seems the best I can do too.

benchpress
12-22-2012, 11:12 PM
So Sad, always liked Freel!

bleedsred
12-22-2012, 11:13 PM
Very upset to see this, Freel was a favorite for how he played the game. Correct me if I am wrong but didn't he have several concussions throughout his career? Regardless, I hope the guy didn't have any kids so they won't have to deal with this horrible tragedy at this time of the year.

Farney
12-22-2012, 11:17 PM
Wow, talk about unexpected. Always really enjoyed watching him, and will never forget that catch he made against the Cardinals.

UPRedsFan
12-22-2012, 11:25 PM
Concussions have been blamed for suicides in other athletes. Wonder if that had an effect on him. Very sad.

Ironman92
12-22-2012, 11:28 PM
I was at the game where Freel collided with Norris Hopper in the OF....it was Freel's fault and I think Hopper left the game on a stretcher and Freel sat out a few due to concussion.

Stray
12-23-2012, 12:12 AM
Really sad :(

joshua
12-23-2012, 12:13 AM
He simply willed his way to the big leagues. 10% talent, 90% guts, heart and hustle. He was my favorite player to watch when he was on the team. I also thought of Farney and his history of head injuries as soon as I read the news. This news sucks to hear, especially during this time of year.

Krawhitham
12-23-2012, 12:29 AM
RIP

jimbo
12-23-2012, 12:46 AM
I don't know what to say. This is so sad.

5TimeWSChamps
12-23-2012, 01:45 AM
If Stubbs played with half the effort Freel did, he'd be an All-Star

FoReel
12-23-2012, 01:50 AM
Man, this is the first time in my life, that a death of an athlete really got to me. As you can see from my user name. He was on of my favorite players to wear a Red's jersey. RIP

Number_Fourteen
12-23-2012, 02:07 AM
Freel was sure a joy to watch. Tough, gritty, and could move mountains with sheer determination. Easy to see why Cincinnati would love a guy like this; almost a reincarnate in many respects, of the town's favorite son, Pete Rose.

I was in attendance May '07 and saw the Hopper collision. A very long and scary 15 minutes of waiting, hoping he was okay. As some have pointed out, Ryan's history of concussions seem to mirror that of several NFL players that have taken their own lives. Regardless of that stuff, my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and ex-teammates.

Thank you for some great memories you gave us Reds fans.

RIP Ryan

Number_Fourteen
12-23-2012, 02:29 AM
If *fill in the blank* played with half the effort Freel did, he'd be an All-Star

Fixed that for you. btw, it's also a moot point.

JayBruceFan
12-23-2012, 03:04 AM
Ryan was everything you wanted in a player and then some.

Rest in peace Ryan, you will be truly missed by many

RedTruck
12-23-2012, 03:30 AM
I still remember that one LA game where he was able to steal 2nd, 3rd, and get to home on a pass ball. So much energy and vigor. So much passion as well. Didn't have natural born talent, but did the best with the tools god blessed with him..alot like Ryan Hannigan in some regards.

I honestly, didn't expect this to hit me as much as it has. RIP ryan, hopefully your mind and heart is in a better place:(

moewan
12-23-2012, 09:48 AM
R.I.P. Ryan, nobody played the game harder than you, a bright spot on some bad Reds clubs.:(

Cigar2
12-23-2012, 09:48 AM
Concussions have been blamed for suicides in other athletes. Wonder if that had an effect on him. Very sad.
Just got up and read a text about it. And thought that too? Very Sad anyways for his family. :(

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PedroBourbon
12-23-2012, 10:24 AM
Really hated to see him go out like that. For me, he was always that not well known player who just gave 110% on the field and it showed. Played just about every position and had some wheels. Will be missed. He left a daughter behind too.

ol'Sparky
12-23-2012, 11:05 AM
hustle:thumbup:

dubc47834
12-23-2012, 12:49 PM
Freel was always a favorite of mine on that team. He played the game like it should have been played on a team that didn't always play it that way. He was always personable with the fans and was always there to sign autographs. It was very sad hearing about this this morning. I feel bad for his family...God rest his soul.

New York Red
12-23-2012, 10:09 PM
Ryan was a joy to watch. Considering the money these professional athletes make, all of them should play the way Ryan Freel did. Godspeed to his family and many friends.

goreds2
12-24-2012, 01:38 AM
I always hoped he would be at a Reds Fest. I will never forget when the Reds were down like 10 runs in the 9th inning with two outs. He hit a routine tapper to the mound and ran like he hit the ball to the short stop with the tying run on 3rd. Loved that guy and will never forget the catch against the Cardinals in 2006. I grew up with the Big Red Machine etc. but this player will be remembered by me always. RIP

Mutaman
12-24-2012, 01:47 PM
If Stubbs played with half the effort Freel did, he'd be an All-Star

Stubbs may be guilty of an inability to change, but i never questioned his effort.

jwmann2
12-24-2012, 02:07 PM
Wow, this is sad.

I always thought the below was a joke, but now I wonder if he really did have some kind of mental problem and actually heard voices:

Freel gained some notoriety in August of 2006 when The Dayton Daily News reported that Freel talks to an imaginary voice in his head named Farney.[3] Said Freel: "He's a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him. That little midget in my head said, 'That was a great catch, Ryan,' I said, 'Hey, Farney, I don't know if that was you who really caught that ball, but that was pretty good if it was.' Everybody thinks I talk to myself, so I tell 'em I'm talking to Farney."[4] Freel later said that Farney's name arose from a conversation with Reds trainer Mark Mann: "He actually made a comment like, 'How are the voices in your head?' We'd play around and finally this year he said, 'What's the guy's name?' I said, 'Let's call him Farney.' So now everybody's like, 'Run, Farney, run' or 'Let Farney hit today. You're not hitting very well.'"[

He later came out and said he made that story up to toy with a reporter he didn't like.

Pete4prez
12-25-2012, 02:13 AM
Rest well, Ryan.

Mr Larkin
12-25-2012, 02:47 AM
Sorry to hear. Always one of my favorite players when he was on the team. Never a problem with hustle.

Tuff Nut
12-25-2012, 09:35 AM
Exciting to watch and a favorite of mine................RIP

WDE
12-25-2012, 11:40 AM
That's awful. Praying for his family.

jhiller21
12-26-2012, 01:47 AM
Freel played on some awful Reds teams, and gave a lot of fans a reason to cheer in an otherwise gloomy situation. I still remember his catch against Pujols, it was one of the most amazing defensive plays in the outfield I've ever seen.

I also remember when he was hit by a pitch, and the ball went into his jersey. He just flipped the bat and ran to first with the ball bouncing around in there.

Another great memory... Randy Johnson was pitching a complete game against us in the 9th. Freel led off the inning with a walk, stole second, then third, and came home to score the go ahead run to win the game, covered in dirt of course.

goreds2
12-29-2012, 10:43 AM
From his funeral: They did donate some of his brain tissue to research.

http://jacksonville.com/sports/baseball/2012-12-27/story/ryan-freels-friends-family-share-memories-hope-service

paulrichjr
06-22-2014, 06:26 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/15/health/baseball-ryan-freel-cte-suicide/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

No surprise here.....except maybe the fact that his first one was at 2 years old