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Sunday, June 24, 2007

R.I.P., Shooter


In very sad news today, Rod Beck--or more affectively known as The Shooter--passed away at the age of 38. They don't know how he died, but he apprently checked into drug rehab instead of pitching for San Diego over the past couple of years.

I decided to use this picture from his days as a Iowa Cub, as it seemed most appropriate. Pete and I, in particular, used to always plan these trips to Des Moines in order to hang out with The Shooter, as he famously parked his RV in center field and would hang out with the fans until the later hours (or until he turned off his purple martini light). It is sad to think that we always put it off because A) we figured he would be there forever, and B) because Des Moines is too far to go.

Well, driving to Des Moines at least once a week now makes me realize that we were in reality just being lazy and lame. We missed a great chance to hang out with a dude who, by all accounts, was a great guy. It's too bad that his time came too early, and we missed out on it.

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