Meet Ryan Freel and his friend Farney

December 09, 2008 | WNST Staff

Here is what Ryan Freel looks like in his Reds uniform. He was arrested twice during his career. He was acquired by the Orioles for Ramon Hernandez today. Here are Freel’s career numbers.

Ryan Freel of the Cincinnati Reds

Ryan’s friend Farney

Ryan will be bringing along with him his imaginary friend, Farney. This all comes from an article in the Dayton Daily News in 2006. Said Freel:  “He’s a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him. 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.” Freel later said that Farney’s name arose from a conversation with Reds trainer Mark Mann: “He actually made a comment like, ‘How are the voices in your head?’ We’d play around and finally this year he said, ‘What’s the guy’s name?’ I said, ‘Let’s call him Farney.’ So now everybody’s like, ‘Run, Farney, run’ or ‘Let Farney hit today. You’re not hitting very well.'”

Off the field issues

Freel has also been arrested twice for alcohol related issues. Freel was arrested in January of 2006 and charged with disorderly intoxication. He was also arrested and charged with a DUI in April 2005.