Monday, June 25, 2007
Rod Beck, 1968-2007
It was with great sadness that I learned of Rod Beck's passing last Saturday night. Rod was the closer for the Cubs when I was living in Chicago, and he currently ranks 22nd on the all-time saves list for Major League Baseball.
People's memories of Rod are being shared throughout the country (such as here, here, and here), as can happen when someone passes too soon. Rod was only 38, and I am just shocked that he is gone.
I got to know Rod through the magical 1998 Cubs team (and the 1999 disappointment that was more typical of the Cubs). He was one of the nicest players I have ever met. I remember him taking personal time with fans, even inviting some of us over when his wife and two children were in Chicago from Scottsdale. Rod was just that way - he was one of us, getting one out at a time with guts, guile, and determination.
Rest in peace, Shooter. You will be missed.