Had some decent years with Cincinnati, where he was a fan favorite for playing all over the place and playing hard. Had problems with the O's - he was a baserunner in a game at Boston at second base and a throw hit him in the head, giving him a concussion. He was shipped out after questioning why the O's picked him up. Went to Kansas City and ended up with the Cubs.
I don't know if he tried to come back from his concussion too soon but it wouldn't surprise me if that contributed to his lousy play, but he forgot the most important rule of a utility man, which involves playing hard, talking a good game and never never never criticizing management.
Condolences to the family of Ryan Freel. He was a decent utility player in the NL but his skillset did not transfer to the AL very well. There weren't enough at-bats for him to get going early in the season, then he suffered the concussion which he rushed back from, and grew bitter over a lack of playing time. Being traded to the Orioles hastened the end of his career, in my opinion, because it was a bad fit exacerbated by his openly questioning management which, coupled with his injury, made other organizations reluctant to take a chance on him the following season.
I dream of 1966, 1970, and 1983. I would also take 1969, 1971, and 1979. But 1973, 1974, 1996, 1997, and 2012 were okay. Toss in 1960, 1968, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1989, and 1994 too.