Ryan Freel's Little Friend

As we deal with the psychological ramifications of last night's backbreaking Cardinals walkoff loss to the Reds, and try to inspire ourselves to watch another game this afternoon, we turn our attention to Reds outfielder/infielder/drunken driver/scrappy hustler Ryan Freel. He's the Pete Rose-type of player that Reds fans adore, diving around and generally launching himself into solid objects that are unlikely to give way. His catch on Albert Pujols' drive to right field the other evening might have turned the whole series around. He's got a chance to be a hero there.

He also, apparently, is batshit crazy.

Ryan Freel said not even Farney believed that Freel made the stupendous diving catch on Albert Pujols Tuesday.

Farney? Who's Farney?

"He's a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him," said Freel, acting as if he finally crashed into too many walls, ran into too many catchers and dived into too many dugouts. "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.' "

OOOOOOO-kay then ....

Fantastic Catch Earns Rave Reviews [Dayton Daily News]
Hrumph... [Cardinals Diaspora]