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David Freese was REALLY drunk

Dec 16, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

On Monday we noted that Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese was charged with DWI.  We didn’t know then just how drunk he was. The answer: really, really drunk:

Cardinals third baseman David R. Freese was driving with a blood
alcohol level of 0.232 — almost three times the legal limit in Missouri
— when he was arrested over the weekend, according to a police report
released Tuesday.

He told the arresting officer that he had consumed seven beers, and was
driving from downtown to his home near Lafayette High School in west
St. Louis County.

If he admitted to seven beers, the real number — at least if human nature is any guide — was probably a lot higher. No matter the case, 0.232 is pretty nutso, especially for a big strong athlete.  Nutso enough to cause the Cardinals to have to reconsider handing him the third base job is uncertain, but I suppose we’ll know fairly soon.

  1. salvo - Dec 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    As long as he’s not behind the wheel while he’s playing third, it shouldn’t matter.

  2. themarksmith - Dec 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Did they ask him how many shots he had? Specific questions are key.

  3. themarksmith - Dec 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Oh, and do Irish car bombs count as a beer or as a beer and a shot?

  4. billybill - Dec 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    0.232 could indicate a high tolerance for alcohol which is a symptom of alcoholism.Like Andre Agassi says maybe a guy needs some help.The help is out there.Third base,for whoever,can wait.
    If that’s the case.

  5. Wells - Dec 16, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Well, we should thank our lucky stars that at least he wasn’t really, really, really drunk.

  6. JayT - Dec 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Another offseason, another drunken Cardinal. Is this even news anymore?

  7. onevisionaire - Dec 16, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Exactly. How can Tony LaRussa bench him for following in his wobbly, drunken footsteps?

  8. cliff - Dec 16, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    That admission was a violation of the “two beer rule.” Shame on him.
    To register .232 at 200 pounds he would have had to consume about 14 (12 oz beers, 5 oz glasses of wine, ordinary non double one shot mixed drinks or shooters).
    And yes, to be able to even remotely attempt to drive at .232 and not be along the road heaving suggests a long pattern of use (just like with Miggy Cabrera).

  9. Alex Poterack - Dec 16, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    “0.232 could indicate a high tolerance for alcohol which is a symptom of alcoholism.”
    This. Typically, you have to be a pretty experienced drinker to be capable of getting about 0.2 without passing out. Clearly, “pretty experienced drinker” does not necessarily equal “alcoholic”, but still, it sounds like this sort of night probably isn’t the exception for him.

  10. Peter Earl - Dec 18, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    What else to be expected of an Anheuser-Busch man?

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