Sunday, June 24, 2007
Rod Beck Dead at 38
At the risk of Hawkeye State turning into a full-time obituaries page, I have to mention the passing of former Chicago (and Iowa) Cub Rod Beck. Beck was found dead at his home in Phoenix Saturday. He was 38 years old.
Beck had a brief stint with the I-Cubs in 2003. Most people who have a sort stay with the Des Moines team will live in a hotel. Maybe they would rent an apartment on a month-to-month lease. Rod decided to forgo these options and live in an RV. In the stadium parking lot. Behind the right field wall. Beck would sit on a plastic picnic table, hand out beers, and talk baseball with anyone who wanted to stop by. And the entire town came by at one time or another. By all accounts, he loved Iowa and Iowa loved him. Rest in peace, Shooter.
UPDATE: The Dugout has Rod Beck's first meeting with Jesus in heaven. Brilliant.