Rod Beck (1968 - 2007)
(6.17.2000, Boston Globe File Photo / John Bohn)
Rest in Peace Rod Beck
An Ode to Rod Beck
He never quite looked
Like the other Red Sox
More like one of the Phillies
With his long, scraggly locks
But though not as clean-cut
As most cute Boston boys
With his pitching he brought us
When they called him to finish
What Pedro or Tim had begun
You could always have faith
Rod would get the job done
And I have to admit it—my eyes grew quite teary
At the thought of a Fenway with no Troy O'Leary!
How sad—no mo Nomo, Chris Stynes or Bichette!
John Valentin and Mike Lansing--we'll never forget!
We thank you and we'll miss you,
Dear Rod and all the rest
Whatever uniform you're wearing,
Boston fans still love you best!
-- Sincerely, Jessica Lynn Curtis, Sunnyside, N.Y. (written in 2001)
My prayers are with his family and former teammates right now