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R.I.P. Rod Beck

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Horrible news. ESPN is reporting it, as is KNBR, so I guess it isn't just a wild rumor.

The definitive Rod Beck anecdote came from when he was in the minors trying to get his career back together for the Cubs' AAA team in Iowa. I don't know the exact quote, but the sentiment was all that mattered: "I'm staying in a trailer behind the centerfield fence. Come by for a beer after the game." That was an open invitation to anyone who attended an Iowa Cubs game during the year. I thought it might just be an apocryphal story, but it wasn't.

Here's hoping he's somewhere out there, forever pitching to Eddie Murray with the bases loaded and one out.

Edit: Great obituary from Henry Schulman. It's still hard to believe that Beck's gone.