Re: Ryan Freel commits suicide
Originally Posted by Edskin
The "some reason" is that because as fans we connect with the players on a certain level. Baseball is an especially easy sport to form these connections, albeit from afar. You watched him for six years and he was a particularly likable player...easy to identify with and easy to root for. Then, when you find out someone like that passes away, it's a weird feeling. In a way, you didn't know him at all, but in another way, you kind of did...and it's an odd feeling not knowing exactly how you're supposed to react. I was a huge John Candy fan as a kid...loved his movies...and still do. For whatever reason, it still bugs me to realize he is dead....maybe because I associate him with happy memories from when I was kid and it's weird to think that he's been dead for 15 years....it's like in my mind, he's still out there somewhere existing in his characters from his movies.
Similar with athletes...if you are a hardcore fan then your emotions are tied to the game...very good chance at some point Ryan Freel made you cheer or yell or jump off your couch or applaud. And you appreciate that. To realize that this still very young man is dead and that he obviously had severe issues is very sad and it is difficult to know how to react.
Thanks, Ed. You put some perspective on my feelings. It makes me sick to my stomach.
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