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Freese the Chance

by LS Murphy

St. Louis Cardinal prospective third baseman David Freese's arrest for drunk driving over the weekend brought back sad memories for fans. The name Hancock was the first to spring to mind for many of us. The story could have easily been the same with Freese.

Maryland Heights police arrest Freese after he failed a field sobriety test where his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. Freese reprotedly admitted to drinking seven beers before getting behind the wheel.

The question now is what are the St. Louis Cardinals going to do about it?

Freese is scheduled to appear in court in February a few weeks before reporting to Spring Training in Jupiter. Until then, the team needs to come up with a game plan for dealing with this type of situation. It's becoming far to common among this team. Management needs to step in. David Freese needs to be the example.

First, Freese should be required by the team to undergo a stint in a rehab facility of the team's choosing before being allowed to report for Spring training. If he does not want to do this, he should be given his outright release.

Second, Freese should undergo a psych evaluation. This may seem a bit extreme but the underlying cause and effect could damage his abilities on the field and in the clubhouse.

Third, the team should notify him that any further behavior of this type will not be tolerated and he could face suspension without pay.

The St. Louis Cardinals are a proud organization. The fans want the best from their players. The players should want the best from themselves. We don't want to go through the death of a player by drunk driving again. We shouldn't have to.

It's time for some action before we lose another member of the Cardinal family like we lost Josh.

1 comment:

  1. Yes! I think this string of events (it's a serious problem for the Cardinals organization) warrants an overhaul of the system. Drink? Fine. Drink and drive? Your contract is void. See ya. End of problem.


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