Freel made a great semi-diving catch in center field today. That was the type of ball that Griffey could not have gotten to and it would have rolled to the wall for a double. I say semi-diving catch because he didn't dive until after he caught the ball, but at least he didn't slow down so that he could make a highlight-reel dive like so many players do these days. Jim Edmonds especially.
On the line drive to center that resulted in Freel's throwing error, I thought the main problem was that he misjudged the ball. He took a few stutter steps, then ran forward and dove but couldn't hang on. The ball was only hit about 12 feet in front of him. Then he rushed the throw and didn't hit the cutoff man. Harang cost himself a run by being to lazy to back up the play at third. Last year Freel rarely threw to the cutoff man. You can't get away with that as much in centerfield due to the longer distances. Hopefully another year of being an outfielder will allow him to learn to take better routes to the ball and to judge the ball sooner off the bat (Griffey's strengths). I think he will get to more balls early enough to have time to locate the wall and the other fielders before crashing into them.
Another problem he had last year was getting thrown out on the basepaths way too often. He got caught stealing 11 times, got picked-off at least 7 more times and frequently was thrown out trying to take an extra base. He did it again today, but he was the victim of a very fortuitous ricochet in the Cubs' favor on that play.
I hope Freel is learning to harness some of his reckless abandon into a more skillful aggressiveness.