The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Major League Baseball News
This nice article provides some closure around the tragic death of one of the great baseball figures of our generation. Hyperbole? If we just look at his performance on the field (stellar as it was), yes. But when you look at what Rod Beck represented to fans, and the man he was; no.
This is the guy who, when rehabbing in AAA (at Iowa) didn't live in a hotel. He lived in a motor home behind the centerfield fence. A motor home that was open to whoever cared to drop by and have a beer with him.
I was lucky enough to meet Rod Beck through a common friend on a few occasions. If you didn't know he was a world-class athlete, you could easily believe that he was a part-time hot-rod mechanic (which he was). I miss him a lot, and my prayers go out to his wife and kids . . . this must have been a really hard Christmas for the Beck family. God bless you, Shooter.