“Freak.” Not exactly an endearing word most of the time. But then there’s Michael Phelps, 23-time Gold medalist, who helps put the word “freak” in a positive light. Over 4 Summer Olympics, Phelps has remained the dominant force in the pool despite youngsters, comers and hotshots all looking to unseat him. He’d have none of that. Physically, we’ll never see a human specimen like him ever again. An amazingly long torso. A massive, expansive back. And a wingspan that’s just plain ridiculous. Again, I say “freak” endearingly. A Baltimore boy through and through and now a dad, this summer’s stage has provided one heckuva ride off into the sunset. His Ravens stopped a preseason game to watch him race. His Orioles invite him to batting practice. Must be nice to be the Charm City’s favorite son. Must be nice to be Michael Phelps.