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Former Cub Rod Beck Lives On Through ‘Pitch 4 Kidz’

By bullpenbrian - March 19, 2013 - 11:05 am Leave a comment.

Rod Beck | Chicago Cubs

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.”

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Burgers, Beck & Preseason Bets

By bullpenbrian - March 8, 2011 - 12:01 am 4 comments.

The Kuma’s Corner of Closers

1.) Why Kuma’s Corner is the Rod Beck of Burgers.
2.) What is Through The Fence Baseball.
3.) Playing Pepper Cubs Style.

1.) I’m convinced the best burgers in Chicago come from Kuma’s Corner. Their delicious meat patties remind me of former Cubs closer Rod Beck: husky, sloppy and good. Monday I went with the Black Sabbath burger–Blackening Spice, Chili, Pepper Jack, Red Onion. Now that’s a burger!

2.) Jamie Shoemaker is the founder of Through The Fence Baseball. It’s a fulfilling site for any seam-head. Jamie also answered a few questions I emailed him about the Cubs and the upcoming season:

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