Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/23/12
Ryan Freel was born with Pete Rose-type baseball genes, minus the natural talent.Thats what made Freel so popular with Cincinnati Reds fans, and its why the Reds once put together a Ryan Freel T-shirt giveaway with simulated dirt smudging the garment.Freel never finished a game without dirt and grime on his uniform, to say nothing of his face and arms. And more often than not, the knees of his uniform pants were ripped.He kept needle and thread in his locker to sew his own pants so as to not constantly bother the clubhouse personnel with his trivialities.Like Rose, Freel would do anything to catch a ball and do anything to score a run or take an extra base. He was fearless at running into walls and once dove over the low railing down the right-field line in Dodger Stadium, landing in the lap of a woman sitting in the second row.He caught the ball.His aggressive style also lead to a long series of concussions, which he kept quiet as much as possible.After he dove for a ball in center...
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