These kinds of stories just tear my heart apart.
Ex-Cubbie infielder Ryan Freel was found dead in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday Afternoon. The cause of death has been cited as “a self inflicted shotgun wound.”
Freel played 19 games for the Cubs in 2009 and was known as a good quality utility infielder. He had retired from professional baseball not long after he had played for the Cubs and had worked for Big League Development Baseball, an organization that assists in the development of young baseball players. He had also just recently been named the head coach of St. Joseph Academy’s baseball team in Jacksonville.
While baseball is meant to be active, engaging and entertaining for fans and players alike, there are no words that can describe when someone takes their own life, baseball player or not. It is truly a great tragedy and a significant loss for the Jacksonville community and Major League Baseball alike.
Take the time to tell your loved ones how you feel this holiday season and hold them close. Life is precious.