Thursday, June 09, 2005

I had no idea


Well, I've got nothing of Nats-related substance to add today over lunch. I was going to post a book review, but I'm not done with it. I was going to talk about something else, but I've forgotten what it is, except that another Nats blogger covered it really well already. I've also forgotten which blogger that was, so just read all of them today, as you should anyway.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share my revelation that Ryan Freel---that scrappy utility guy for a last place team---is not perfect. Came as news to me; I thought he was.

It turns out---and I could have been told this before but tuned it out completely---
Freel was arrested for DUI a couple of months ago. He even posed for a mug shot (courtesy WCPO.com):



A month later, Freel pled guilty. Here's a much better shot from his hearing:



Freel's license was suspended for 90 days, and he agreed to undergo treatment and evaluation, as well as pay court costs.

I'm not composing this post to get into the lurid details of a player's life, though---especially a player on another team. I'm not posting to pass judgment on Freel, either.

Why am I posting this? I don't really know. I guess it's that sometimes I try to remind myself, especially now that I'm blogging, that these guys are more than stat lines and quotes in the sports section. I concede I'm often blinded as to the broader details of a player. As an outsider, I guess this is natural; however, I advocated (repeatedly) that Ryan Freel would be a great addition to the Nats, and I didn't even know (or bother to remember) that he recently picked up a DUI conviction? That's rather strange---and, strangely, embarrassing.

I still think he'd be a great player to acquire; the guy has a .425 on-base percentage, you know! And Freel certainly isn't the first sports figure to drive intoxicated; heck, sports guys aren't the only ones who do so. It's reckless and stupid and far too many people have been killed as a result of it, but I'm not going to castigate Freel for what was maybe a one-time mistake.

At the same time, I'm reminded to look at the bigger picture sometimes. I figure that's one duty of a blogger.

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