Remembering "The Stopper"...BP, you out there? OT.
Sorry to read about ex-Giant Rod Beck's death. Despite being nicknamed "The Shooter", we always called him "The Stopper". Can recall watching him on tv and in person in any number of crucial late innings. He would glare at the batter like some Viking confronting a cornered, gutless terrorist, exhale and puff out his Fu Manchu moustaches, shake his wispy hair, and then the world felt safe again. The Stopper was on the mound, and those weasel-ass Dodgers, Marlins, etc. were ground meat.
Come to think of it, he reminded me often of the Predator in those movies. And he spent a lot of his off-the-mound time working with sick children. Rod Beck. A "real' ballplayer.
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Alas, there has been so much talent lost to the devils of addiction.
I've known many very talented athletes that have had ALL the "stuff" and failed
because the head, the desire or the will power was not there. I could post endlessly
on this one. And then we have the other side of the coin, in the "over 50 forum" where the athlete
was injured and the technology was not there to repair damage to the body.
I was going to post about Rod Beck, but figured there wouldn't be that many SF Giant fans here to warrant the attention. Glad you brought it up, CC. Thanks.
Rod Beck is from the SF Valley, where I live, so it was a sad loss for baseball fans here as well as up north. Beck was a central figure of the Giants during that final era at Candlestick. I'm so sorry to see him go. I guess we'll get the coroner report in a few days...but regardless, 38 is much to young.