Gwen Knapp of Sports on Earth writes a touching story about the family of former Cub Rod Beck, their life after his passing in the summer of 2007 and the founding of a nonprofit to support children of substance abusers
(Pitch 4 Kidz).
"Shooter” spent 13 seasons in the big leagues, including one and a half seasons with Chicago. He saved 51 games for the Cubs in 1998 and was traded the following year to Boston (h/t to Bullpen Brian reader Scott V. for passing along the article).
“The family had already staged an intervention, inviting close friends from baseball, including former Padres teammates Trevor Hoffman and Scott Linebrink, into the fold. To this day, they have remained friends, as have Rod’s former manager with the Giants and Cubs, Dusty Baker ("he’s uncle," Stacey said) and former Red Sox teammate Tim Wakefield.”