Whenever people involved in auto accidents — like the one depicted above — walk away unscathed, it is a good thing. A small miracle to celebrate with a brevity to take the edge off potentially disastrous possibilities. Cardinals third baseman David Freese can be nothing but thankful (topical!) that he was able to walk away after crashing his car into a tree.

Big League Stew has the rundown of Freese’s…checkered past behind the wheel. His previous record isn’t pretty though it appears this incident is innocent enough, as Freese and local officials insist he swerved to avoid a deer while en route to his parent’s home for Thanksgiving dinner. No further investigations are under way, notes the Post-Dispatch piece linked above.

Let this be a lesson to us all: don’t travel anywhere without Chipper Jones riding shotgun, preferably armed to the teeth. Let Baby Face Jones pick off any stray ung.ulates that potentially threaten safe passage to a ‘ving celebraish. There is cranberry sauce on the line, people. That and a sweet Range Rover, which I fear may never be the same.

Hit the jump for an artist’s rendering of this very scenario.