RB The Cubs have arrived....a long journey and so many good people like you laying the path before them but it's here...hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did. Always will be thinking of you.
I guess we'll be saying Pitchers and Catchers report next spring.
RB...Got the boys to game 7....Seeing you in the photo with the "C" on your cap takes me back to days you were finishing things for the Cubs. It's time to finish this journey. Go Cubs!
RB Need one tonight to push it to 7....Get the Cub guys together and let's see what can happen.
Back home RB with a split let's take one at a time and see where they take us.
Well Shooter got it....Hope you Ronnie Santo...Ernie Banks all had a beer and high fived....Let's keep it going.
RB need to get one more and we're home at Wrigley....I'll be looking up.
Thanks RB....Keep it coming we need you.
Need the mojo Rod....Send some down on the Cubs...
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Godspeed.
Another year passed without you but your spirit is still in and around Wrigley.
Rod I bet your great laugh is loud today....sent the Cards home...I know you think that's great. Keep moving us along!
Got one Rod...keep looking out for us and smiling. Go Cubs!
Rod, I have been thinking about you lately and want you and everyone to know you're with some of us everyday. I met you once outside Wrigley after a game and you were kind enough to give me an autograph and even kinder to stick around and talk to me....just a fan...but you treated me in that moment as a friend...I will never forget that. As sad as we are that you're not with us.....I can't imagine how we would be if you had never been here...you'll always be close to my thoughts and heart....keep watching over us. I know that Wrigley carries your spirit to compete and win....all Cub fans owe you a tip of the cap for bringing respect to the team. I'll be smiling at you as the Cubs continue their journey to winning. Thanks for being a Cub.
I remember loving to have Rod in my MLB related games because he was always very skilled and was highly underrated. I wish all the best for the Beck family going forward.
What a great person and a great giant
Hello, very sorry to hear about this talented man's passing.
Rod I miss you everyday.You will always be in my heart,
It has been 3 yrs and 3 days and still can see your eyes everyday...
Heroes are remembered but Legends never die... Rodney, you were a true leader in every sense of the word. From our days at North Hollywood Little League to East Valley to Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Babe Ruth Baseball to High School you were always the standard bearer. I had the privilege of playing with and against you. It is great to read about all the wonderful things you did off the field. When your name comes up, I am going to remember you for all the great things. RIP my friend.
You were a good friend and a great rival.Our days and nights in North Hollywood.Our Grant vs No.Hollywood baseball days were classic.You were the best pitcher I ever faced.I still have that glory day story of the Home run i Hit off you and the next at bat they had you hit me in the Ribs .lol....I miss our hanging out with David and Donny Hussy.I pray for you and your family everyday.Take care Bro.
Stephen Bernstein NH 86
First met you Rod at giants spring training in Scottsdale in 1993. You signed autographs and talked with us for what seemed like hours. You were so gracious and humble. Thank you for that and all the great memories with the S.F. Giants.You will surely be missed!
Shooter, Thanks for all the years and the great memories.
I miss him so much and I loved watching him play! He will live on forever in our hearts!
I never met Rod personally, but my wife is a very good friend of Stacey and her mother. I remember watching Rod in relief appearances with both the Giants and Cubs, and being a Yankee fan, I wished that someday he would wear a Yankee uniform. From everything I had heard about him, he was a generous human being, a loving husband and father, and he will be sorely missed.
Stacey, I didn't know you well, but had a class with you and Rodney at Grant High School. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your girls at this difficult time. I am touched by what a caring and giving man he was. It is wonderful that his legacy will live on through you and your daughters.
Rod was one of a kind as a man, husband, father and baseball player. He loved life and all that it held for him. I will never forget the first time I met Rod, we were both young, nor the last time I saw him, we were not so young. His passing was a complete shock and a huge loss for his family and friends, no one could ever come close to replacing him. My heart goes out to you Stacy, Kayla, Kelsey, Ervin and Shirley you have endured a loss that no one should have to go through. Take comfort in knowing how much Rod was loved, how much of an impact he had on this world and knowing you will be reunited someday. Life will go on, time will ease the hurt and pain but the love will stay forever..... We will love you always Rod, till we meet again, take it easy and remember the good times.
stacey, i didn't know you or rodney well at all but we did graduate from Grant High and i just wanted to give my condolences to you and your family. i remember rodney as an awesome player and from everything i have read about the 2 of you, you both touched many lives. stay strong and i will keep you and your girls in my thoughts.
Stacey, my deepest condolences to you, your daughters, and surviving family on the loss of your beloved Rod. My name is L.T. Schroeder, you and Rod lived above my mother Julie Schroeder and me in some small Scottsdale apartments when you and Rod were just starting out and early in Rod's career. You worked with Julie actually for awhile until Rod broke into the big league. My mother was always very fond of you and Rod. Rod often checked on Mom just to see how she was doing and was always very concerned for her well being. Even after you moved away, he'd come by the office during spring training just to say hello. Unfortunately, Julie passed away May 2006 of an incurable lung disease. She would have been very sad to hear about the sudden loss of Rod, and of the grief you and your family are in. Please know that my family's prayers are with the Beck family. Also know that we had great times watching him play. Mom always checked the box scores to see how Rod fared. I'm sure they have bumped into each other up there and are sharing a cold one. Blessings to you and your's.
The last time we saw Rod Beck was when he had already left San Francisco.We knew he was going to play there with his new team. So my
grand-daughter Marissa and I, made a sign with a roll of paper. It was long and big. On it we wrote: We Love you Becky! As his bus was leaving after the game, we held up our sign. He was looking thru the back window. He saw the sign, and he smiled and waved at us. We missed him and he knew that he was
still remembered fondly. How could we forget his inimitable piching style and his wonerful persona. Sadly, Marissa too, left us too soon, at the age of 18. But I like to think she's up there cheering him on. Our Becky!
Rod was like a big bro to me... we spent many years together... when he was'nt at the ball park we where at the race track or in glamis rippin up the duns.... I will never forget the night we made (A)(MAN)(DA) and listening to Tenacious D and so meany more memories... well bro we will meat agen someday and we will have to rip up the duns in heven... I miss u bro... on behalf of WOPPADO Racing R.I.P <3
Rod was like a big bro to me... we spent many years together... when he was'nt at the ball park we where at the race track on in glamis rippin up the duns.... well bro we will meat agen someday and we will have to rip up the duns in heven... I miss u bro R.I.P <3
Stacey, Kayla & Kelsey,
Dan & I have known you for these past 15+ years, having met through your mom Fran. We have loved all of you and continue to do so. Our deepest sympathies are with you with our prayers. Rod was an inspiration to many and so well respected. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all always. We feel that you are an extended family. The love and compassion that you all gave to both of us during these years will always be treasured. We love you all and will continue to have you in our hearts always.
To all of you who have signed this guest book and sent love and prayers to our family, I thank you. The girls and I have been so moved by the thoughts and memories that you have shared. It is amazing the reach a single person can have in this world, Rod has touched so many lives. He genuinely loved the people in his life; fans, friends, family. He also wanted to help others and was a champion for people living with HIV/AIDS.
In reading through this guestbook I have been moved by all of the comments, and have enjoyed hearing from people we had lost touch with, those we met on vacation, fans we met throughout the years, classmates from many years ago as well as family and friends we saw often.
To the Giants and Rod's teammates -a special thank you for honoring Rod's memory, the person he was on and off of the field. He loved the game, respected it, and was thriled that he could use his "fame" to help those in need.
We consider each of you a blesing and your support and fond memories have made this difficult time easier for us.
To honor Rodney's memory the girls and I will continue to help others, we will keep you posted on our efforts. Thank you all again for sharing a piece of yourselves with us.
We hope that this tragedy reminds each of us to cherish every day, for life is fragile, and to reach out to others - we can each make a difference!
Meet on holiday. Rod looked after us, gave us instant friendship and lots of laughs that will never be forgotten. Sincere condolences.
To Stacey and the girls. I admire so much how you three have been handling this time in your lives. As a father, I am so envious of the strength you have. Stacey, you are the most amazing mother a child could ask for. You have done such a great job raising two beautiful girls whom each have their own wonderful characteristics. Because of you, they will grow with love in their heart and the knowledge of many facts of life that few parents take the time to educate their own on. You continue to give me the strength needed to be the best father I can be for Dani. I will always love you for that.
Rodney, Thank you for all you and Stacey have brought to my life. I look forward to the day that we play whiffle ball again. No strikeouts on that field, so be ready.
Rodney....i'll never forget meeting you in 2nd grade and playing kickball together.....and all the fun we had growing up until the culmination of our shning day at Dodger stadium where you led us all to the hallowed grounds where the world would come to know and love you...i will always miss you....
I just remember Rod Beck as one of my heroes as a five and six year old kid going to candlestick park. He was one of the players I always could look forward to seeing when I watched a game. He will be missed by the baseball community.
I was fortunate to know Rod since we were 14. He was not only a great Pitcher but an all around ballplayer. He was as good a catcher as anyone I have ever seen and when he was not pitching or catching he would be making diving stops at SS. He could hit too. As 15 year old sophmore in HS he hit a 400+ foot homerun to dead center off the LA City player of the year and future pro pitcher, Jeremy Hernandez. A fantastic all around athlete, he could play a solid game of hoops, throw the football like a rocket, and even play a decent game of tennis, although he only picked up a racket a couple times.
As good a ballplayer as he was he was even a better person. He treated everyone with friendliness & respect no matter who you were. Success never changed him and while he had tons of confidence he did not have an ego. He and his wife Stacey have been very generous and he touched many many lives.
We will miss you Rod.
It is only in these days after Rod’s passing that I have come to realize how much he really meant to others who knew him. I am also coming to realize just what he meant to me. The pain of his passing cut deeper than I could have imagined.
I am now also beginning also see how he felt about those around him, his friends, his family, acquaintances and even his fans. Surely he has left an indelible mark on all who knew him, and left a permanent imprint on the face of Baseball and the Baseball community. What can any of us ask for, other than to leave such an impression on all those around us when we pass on?
Rod and I shared several common interests. I will always remember our annual camping trips to the desert over New Years and The Guys trip we often make when the season ended. We also had the family gatherings on the Holidays and various times each year when he would be in town. The memories keep coming but I cant tell them all here. May his entire legacy be positive and may everyone touched by him benefit for knowing him. I truly loved my brother, Rodney... I will miss you.
On Behalf of his Mother, Father and Brother.
I thank you all for your kind words and thoughts.
ROD WE SHARED SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES.. Rod you were so positive and full of energy,you touched so many people with your gentle way of caring .
You were a big part of my life. Rod you will live in My Heart Forever and Always.
We are so sad for your loss. Rod was an outgoing person. He never met a stranger. Your kindness to us will never be forgotten.
Sympathy to all friends and family of Mr. Beck. United we shall all be in the end of our earthly days.
Shooter was a great guy and a great friend. From the first time I met him, he treated me like we were buds for years. I'll sorely miss talking baseball with my bro...
I only met you in person once. Even during a difficult time in your life, the old Rod Beck that everyone talks about shined through. You wanted to get better. I saw that. Bless you Rod Beck.
Thank you Rod for being the heart and soul of the Giants for so many years! You were such a class act and my faith in you never wavered even when the bases were loaded and there was no one out. My love for you extends to your family and my prayes and wishes are with you all. Go Giants!
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am a big baseball fan and enjoyed watching Rod pitch. My prayers are with you and your daughters at this most difficult time.
You left me with many special memories, from Madison to Grant and beyond. I still have the bag of dirt from Dodger Stadium. My heart goes out to Stacey, Kelsey, and Kayla. Rodney, you were a good friend.
my best to a very good friend sorry to see you go and hope to the very best to your kids and wife
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Rod Beck was truly a Giant, and he will be deeply missed.
FROM your neighbors in North Scottsdale.....we have missed you since you moved and the bragging rights to have you as our celebrity neighbor...our thoughts and prayers to your family in this time of loss...may they reflect upon and remember your greatness...
Friend, gentleman, warrior.
Bye Rod. You touched so many lives
in such positive ways. Take your spot at the real ballplayers table in heaven.
i will always remember shooter, with the long locks flowing out from the back of his ballcap. i am truly sorry for your loss.
I will always remember you as a part of our great Giants team of the early 90's, you were a joy to watch and you will be missed by all of us Giants fans... love and prayers to your family
My heart goes out to Stacey, Kelsey, and Kayla. May Rod's resting place be in the Garden of Eden. May HaShem shelter Rod for an eternity and bind his soul in the Bond of Life.
Enjoyed watching you pitch...may God Bless your family!!
To the Beck family, I was sadden to hear of the lost of your love one I hope I can bring some comfort to you and your family through the words of the bible that found in the book of Revelatlion 21:4 it says that God will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither pain, nor outcrys be anymore for the former things has passed away. So you see Jehovah has given us a promise in his words the bible that this old enemy death and pain will be no more, he has also given his son Jesus Christ the authority to resurrect the dead isn't that wonderful,god wants us to have faith and through faith theirs hope so stay in prayer it draws us close to him. I hope these words brought some comfort to you and your family.
As a longtime baseball fan, I enjoyed and admired Rod Beck in his prime, as one of baseball's best closers. My deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones over his unexpected loss.
For nineteen years our families have spent good times and bad times together. Thank you for just being there. I'll never forget ya little brother. Kayla, Kelsey, Stacy, Rick, Erv and Shirley my profound sympathies and love.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I know Rod is going too be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God bless Stacy and the entire Beck family, God took your love away, but he will be looking down on you and those Giants.
Thanks for having your own style,pitching hard and loving baseball. you will be missed dearly. may god bless your family.
As a 4th grader watching ROD beck domintate for the giants, it was the first glimpse of an Dominant closer I've gotten in my life. As a giants fan living in New Jersey, I got to see Rod in person, at Shea Stadium, I remember being in the corner of the dugout and called his name to sign an autograph. He told me to hold on as he loaded his mouth with chew, as a young kid I really had no idea what he was even doing, but then he came over and signed for us just before heading down to the clubhouse. Nothing better though then watching hang his hand lifelessly before he through his pitch.
RoD BECK BABY!!!! Much Respect
Stacy, Kayla and Kelsey -
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if you need anything. What a special man your dad was!
Much love, Mrs. S-A
Enjoyed Watching You Work! R.I.P. Rod!
rod beck a man with a lot guts atruly great giant
When he was on the Cubs, he was a favorite of my brother Bobby. They looked a little alike. Now that he is up in Heaven, may he enjoy the game with all of the greats that played before him.
The mullet, the mustache, the mystique. Rod Beck embodied the true image of a nasty ninth inning shut em down closer. None better. We'll miss you Shooter.
Much love for the many gifts you gave to San Francisco.
Shooter reminds me of my good friend tom hotlosz who recently passed. May you both rest in peace.
Thanks for the terrific memories. I will always cherish them. A "one armed dangling" salute to you and your family.
With deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of mr.Rod Beck.
Rod the shooter as a cub fan you will be greatly missed 98 was a great season thanks in part to you when you were rehabbing in your motorhome outside drinking and talking to fans you became my hero you will forever be greatly missed!
I am a Padres fan, even in the not so good years. One of those years was 2003. However, it was great seeing Shooter fill some big shoes (T. Hoffman - injured) that year. I was at a sold out Padres/Giants game July 4 weekend 2003. As Giants fans know, it is always an intense game, no matter where either team is in the standings. Shooter came in to get the save, which included getting B. Bonds to ground out after a long at bat - it was fantastic.
May baseball continue in heaven as on earth, keep playing. Thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones. Memories are forever, hold them close.
Shooter, we hardly knew ye. Whether it was chasing Crazy Crab from the mound or striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth, you were the best!
Thank you for being a part of the San Diego Padres. I will always remember your intensity on the mound. God bless you and your family
I was at the Giant Dodger game when Rod walked the bases loaded, then got a strike out and a double play to get out of it. My greatest baseball memory of all time. He will be missed.
You will truly be miss.Will keep your family in our prayers. God Bless
As a Giant fan for 50 years, this is a great compliment. There has never been anything more exciting than to watch Rod, in his prime, make the opposing batter look silly. Thanks for the memories.
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Rod Beck was one of our all time favorite baseball players. He was real. He will be missed by many people.
Thanks for the memories, Rod. R.I.P.
You will be remembered by baseball and it's fans as a fierce competitor on the field and a welcoming, caring, fun loving guy off the field.
Even though this book is using a Cubs photo, you will always be a Giant.
Here's to Shooter.
My condolensces to the Beck Family, Thank you Rod for the excitement that many of us will never forget as a Giants Fan, as well as Major League Baseball. But most of all Thank you Rod for being a normal guy,who was always there to help the less fortunate with your big heart. We will all miss you
You were an integral part of the Giants team that made a lifelong fan, and you'll be missed. My prayers are with your wife and children.
My family's prayers are with you and the girls. No matter what, he'll always be "Rodney" from Madison and Grant to me, and we'll always be high school kids...That's the Rodney that's frozen in my mind. Take Care and all my love.
Shooter... I grew up watching you pitch at the "Stick for the G-men. I'll miss your calm swagger to the mound and your swinging arm... and your overall openness to whomever was around. You truly were a special player and a special person to many. Time to start racking up the saves in baseball heaven. Say hi to Jose Uribe for me.
It was sad to see you leave the Giants but your passing was even sadder. From reading many of the messages, you're well liked and respected on the teams you played with such as the Giants, Red Sox, Cubs, and Padres. Regardless, you'll always be best remembered as a SF Giant. Thanks for the memories you brought and condolence to the family.
Rod, we hardly knew ye! Wherever you are, we know that the beer is on you!
Peace and Love!
Stacey, Kayla, Kelsey, and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of Rod. I hope that all of the special memories you have ease the gap that is left by the loss of such a special person. Rod was one of a kind and everyone that knew him will miss him. "9 in mine" will always bring to mind that special guy.
A Giant in every way. I met him after retirement, and told him how he was my favorite pitcher, he signed my SF Giants cap, we talked and laughed for quite some time. Godspeed Shooter.
My condolences go out to you and your family, you gave me and all GIANT fans wonderful memories, I am very sad at your passing, but I know you will live on forever.
Thanks for some great memories growing up watching the G-Men.
To the Beck Family:
Rod was truely an inspiration for living life and enjoying every minute of it. I will always cherish the memories from Shreveport, LA (the S'port Captains) where I met Rod and Stacey and spent wonderful times with them. The sadness will leave and the wonderful memories will fill our hearts once more.
We remember what you did for the 2003 Padres. We were lucky to have you.
What a Guy to watch, when I was living in the Bay Area. During his stay w/ the Giants, there was a great feeling, the game was over, when Rod game in. I am deeply sad and we'll miss you ,"BIG GUY."
My deepest sympathies to the Beck Family in this time of sadness. Many are deeply hurt and saddened at Rod's passing. He seems to have touched so many people, you should be very proud of that. May your memories be happy and bring you comfort. God Bless.
As a 40 plus year Giant fan,I have seen alot of players come and go, Shooter was one of my favorites. More important, was the way he treated people. A shame the good ones go before their time, and the louts always seem to have more than the cats alleged 9 lives.
My prayers are with the Beck family. A heart felt thank you for the fun and excitement of watching Rod all those years with the Giants.
You will be missed, to one of the best of all time, my thoughts and prayers to the family.
Rod was my favorite SF pitcher, always fun to watch how he intimidated the batters and how he brought in a win! My condolences to his family. Please know he will be remembered.
Thanks! For the GIANT memories! Rest in peace Rod.
First off, condolences to Rod Beck's loved ones; especially his daughters. JFK's assasination, 911, I remember exactly where I was when Beck induced that double play ball from hall of famer Eddie Murray. At Seton hospital in Daly City listening on the radio. They didn't clinch for a week or so but that game put the Giants in the post season. Something the franchise had accomplished just 5 times in 40 years at that point. His work down the stretch in 93' proved that Beck had the kind of mettle so often missing in todays player. Rest in peace and thanks for the memories, to an unforgetable Giant.
TO THE BECK FAMILY I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT RODS DEATH. MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY MAY ROD REST WITH THE LORD
Rod, I wish I had a chance to interview you more often. I wasn't in the media during your Giants tenure and have heard what a great guy you were. Enjoy many beers in heaven with Babe Ruth and other baseball greats. You'll be missed!
Here's a toast to you, Shooter. You're one of a kind and they broke the mold. The game will never have another like you. Above all, you were a wonderful human being with a great big heart. Rest in peace, Beck. Thanks for the good times and memories!
I'm not a Giants fan. I'm an A's fan. I have never even followed the Giants really. However, Rod Beck always was a joy to watch. He will always be one of those players from the Giants that I will remember. God Bless
Thanks Shooter!! I worked many years at Candlestick and there was never a player that had as much character and heart as you did. You were awesome man!! A true GIANT in so many ways!!
To the Beck family I would like to thank you for sharing Rod with us fans. He was a common man ,He remembered where he came from I wish more Ball players were like him. He will be truly missed.
With his good natured mannerisms towards fans, Rob Beck was an ambassador for baseball. You will be missed but we will never forget how tough you were as a Giants pitcher.
That big Giants team in the sky need a releave pitcher to save a game.
The passing of Rod should remind us all of lifes uncertanties. He was a man that lived life, intimdated hitters, and passed way too soon.
Bye, Rod. thanks for the memories.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Thanks for the memories shooter. You gave it your all everytime you went out there.
Rod, thank you for a lot of special memories on the diamond. Your fire and competitive spirit were ones for the ages. Rest in peace.
I cant believe Rod is gone.He'll always be one of my favorite Giants of all time.My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Rod, it'll never be the same without you. Let's see if Babe Ruth can hit that splitter. Thank you for the memories and our prayers for your family.
Our office group christened and attended FOG NOT SMOG day at that miraculous '97 Dodger game. What intensity and joy you brought to me and that crowd. What determination, what a result. You're in the top ten of all time players in my book.
To the family, friends and loved ones of Rod Beck:
I offer my sympathies and condolences to you in this difficult time. Mr. Beck was a source of joy, inspiration and utmost respect for the Giants community. I still remember the day I went to pick up the mail as a 12 year old boy to find an envelope containing a baseball card signed by Rod Beck. I had sent the card with a letter asking for his autograph months earlier, and was excited that he would take the time to sign and send the card back to me.
Rest in Peace, Shooter.
Shooter, you always represented that competitive spirit that sets the Giants apart from other teams. Watching you pitch was one of the highlights of my many years as a Giants fan. Not only that, you were a great human being, atrue credit to all who love baseball, and the orange and black.
I am very sorry to learn of Rod Beck's untimely passing.
I enjoyed listening to him on KNBR 680 save/close SF games and watching him in person at Candlestick Park.
He was a superb relief pitcher in his prime. He brought exitement to the game.
May God grant him eternal rest.
he pitched in the greatest game I ever saw.
My first ballgame was at the Stick in 97, and Shooter saved the game against the Mariners. Afterwards, I tried to get autographs. While all of the superstars passed me by, Rod stopped by, and made sure to sign everyones cards and baseballs. Its sad to know there is one less human baseballplayer. Despite our loss, I still want to be a closer with more guts than talent when I grow up.
A Giant among Giants and a fine man. My best to your wife and children.
I had the pleasure of playing on a Babe Ruth World Series team with Rodney back in 1984, and then competed against him in high school. To tell you what kind of guy he was, back in 1996 when he was with the Giants, I attended a Dodgers game in Los Angeles. I hadn't seen Rod in more than a decade and thought I would wander down to the bullpen area where he was to see if I could say hi. So I proceeded down late in the game, and asked Rich Rodriguez ( a fellow reliever) if he could get Rodney for me. The fans sitting there in the stands next to me thought I was crazy. But out of the enclosed part of the bullpen came Rodney over to the fence where I was sitting and we talked for about five minutes during the game until he had to start getting loose. He was always humble and never forgot about the people he grew up with. An absolute shock, and all of us from the 1984 Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Babe Ruth All-Star World Series team have lost our leader. Thanks for the memories, see you on the other side "Big 6."
Rod Beck will always be remembered as one of the top Giants, he never falther and always delivered. My heart and prayers go out to his family in this time of need.
rip shooter. one of my most beloved autographs is of rod beck. a great giant. never will forget that job he did getting out of bases loaded no outs vs dodgers
I had to ask my friend what a closer was the first time I saw "Shooter" come to the mound. I did not need to ask. All I really needed to do was to watch him perform. I'll always remember the hair and the limp arm between pitches. My sympathies and prayers go to the Beck family.
The game I remember as much as the September 1997 heroics against the Dodgers was game 161 in 1993. Some friends and I went to LA to cheer on the Giants during the final weekend of that wild pennant race. Beck came in to close for the fifth time in six days and shut down LA for save 48. Even the Dodger fans were impressed.
You epitomized what a true Giant should be. You gave it everything you had everytime you took the hill no matter what the circumstance. Thanks for the memories. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
We will all miss Shooter charging out to the mound. Can't wait to catch up to him and have him buy a round!
I'll always remember the glare, the arm swing, the hair and those fastballs. Best closer in Giants history. Many fond memories watching him at the 'Stick. It's not Monster Park. It never was 3Com. It will always be the 'Stick with Rod in the bullpen or on the mound.
Rod you inspired me as a little leaguer growing up and were a Giant in the truest sense of the word. I dangled my arm like you at the age of 13 when I pitched although I never had half your presence or control. Thank you for the memories. Godspeed.
So shocked to hear of this loss! My condolences go out to the Beck family. Thank you for all the great memories Rod! You were indeed a Giant among men and will be missed.
RIP Rod. The picture of you clinching against the Dodgers in '97 is my new screensaver.
Rod we will miss you greatly, I'll never forget the year you filled in for Trevor Hoffman. You are one of my all time favorite relievers in baseball. R.I.P.
I was at many games watching this fine player close for the Giants. He was fun to watch and a great person. My prayers go out to his family. RIP Rod
I guess like everyone, I have a lot of special memories of Rod Beck, the baseball player, but I also admired him for his down-to-earth attitude and his dedication to the community. He was a well-spoken, kind spirit in a sport that is sometimes spoiled by those who often fail in those catagories. One of things I treasure most is my 1997 game-worn Rod Beck jersey. My thoughts go out to his family and friends...we'll all miss Shooter.
My condolences go out to the Becks at this difficult time. While baseball has lost one of their all-time great relievers, may all those who have memories of Rod Beck think a moment how their lives are a bit brighter for having known this giant among Giants. You left us too young, dude, RIP.
I was lucky to meet Rod Beck a few weeks ago, while he was filming his movie. Just as nice as everyone claims. Thanks, Rod, for the memories
Was there for the '97 clinching game. Great experience...thanks Rod for sharing that with me and the family. We will miss you!
I was sitting near the left field foul pole that September afternoon in 1997 when Rod Beck somehow magically worked his way out of that bases loaded, nobody out jam. He did it on pure guts and determination. Brian Johnson won it later by hitting the walk-off homer right in front of me. A sold out Candlestick was rocking and complete strangers were crying and hugging each other. That was the most intense and emotional sporting event I ever witnessed. Johnson won it, but Shooter saved us. RIP Rod.
To the Beck Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope the words you read from all the fans (both baseball and humanity) about Rod give you solace and strength. When God needed a right hander from the pen, he knew who to call.
God bless all of you.
I will never forget the 1997 Dodger game at the Stick. I still think it was the best game I ever saw. He had so much guts and heart.
My love and prayers are with you and the girls at this very difficult time. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Rod was a good man and will be missed.
He left behind more than he took. Played the game with love in his heart. Treated everyone with the utmost respect and will be remembered fondly long after he is gone. Shooter, I have much to thank you for. The next time I see you I will buy the first round. Rest in peace. From the bottom of my heart thank you. You will be missed.
I was very saddened when I heard the news. I thought Rod Beck was awesome as a closer and always enjoyed watching him pitch. The Giant's lost a true player. My condolences to his family and daughters.
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss and the loss to the world of baseball.
Rod Beck, genuine man, genuine ballplayer. 'nuf said.
Having a cold one in your memory, Shooter. You were a joy to watch, a fan who got into the game, and always a good person.
My heart goes out to your family. You will be missed by us all.
Rod you are one of a kind. I didn't want to like you at first, but you won me over with your great sense of humor and the way you genuinely like the fans. I was hoping the Giants would have resigned you a few years back, don't they know closers only get better with age?
Stacey and the girls are in our prayers. Not so worried about you, you make friends everywhere you go!
We will miss you Shooter.
Rest in Peace, Shooter. You were always my favorite.
We all trust Rod is in a better place.....let's remember all the good times.
From a US Grant High School alum - God bless.
I was sad to hear of Rod Beck's death. He was one of the great ones. I remember fondly the 1993 and 1997 penant races, and how he would stare in at the batter with his right arm swinging. He will be missed by many.
God bless you and your family. We loved you in SF and missed you when you left. Pray for us this year, we reallllly need it.
We are so sad to hear of your loss.We truly enjoyed Rod& his antics.Tell Trevor & Lisa we are thinking & praying for you all if you see them.
Love& Prayers,Robert R & Mitzi Schmidt
I will NEVER forget Shooter getting that double play against Murray. Etched in the mind forever. Thank you Rod for all you did as a Giant. May God bless and watch over your family while you rest in heaven. Obviously they needed a closer for the big guys team.
We are very sorry for your loss, we met you at the signing of the Crowding the Plate cookbook fundraiser your did when Rod was pitching for the Red Sox. You signed it "to our neighbors" since we were from Chandler. Our condolences to your family.
I remember several joyous moments at the "Stick in which Rob Beck was involved. He will be a part of the childhood memories I have of being a Giants fan. Thanks Dude! Have e beer on me...
Wow, I am saddened by the passing of Mr. Beck. My condolences go out to his wife and daughters. By all of the things that have been said about him it is obvious that he was the type of person you would invite into your home. The world lost a good person on Saturday. R.I.P.
Arm dangling, glaring in. Menacing.
A Giant with the biggest heart in basegball drops another splitter on a batter swatting through the air, only later that night to buy him a beer
Arm dangling, glaring in. Menacing.
A Giant with the biggest heart in basegball drops another splitter on a batter swatting through the air, only later that night to buy him a bear
"Shooter" is on my short list of favorite players of all time. I started going to Giants' games in 1966, so I've seen a lot of great players, but his style and performance place him right up near the top. I have loved reading the stories from the writers about how accessible and entertaining Rod was at a time when most players are above the masses who literally worship them. I've been intending to buy a Giants' authentic jersey for some time, but couldn't decide which player's I wanted. Well, the decision just got made!! It'll be number 47. I just hope I can be as good hearted and friendly to my fellow fans as Rod was.
to the family of rod beck
may Heavenly Father bless you
and give you the comfort you need
at this time. God be with you till
you meet again- May your loved one
have peace- always alma
You were a good man, and you will be missed. You made many people happy with your gifts, both athletic and social. Thank You.
I met Rod when I was working at Circuit City in San Mateo, Ca. I sold him a fax machine. He was a great guy. I knew who he was when he came to our store. I'm a big Giants fan. He was nice enough to sign a baseball for me that day. I had to get one from the car. He waited patiently and didn't mind it. Wish more players were like him. I still have the baseball with me.
What can be said that hasn't already been said. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family Rod. As a Giants fan, we will never forget 1993 or 1997 or everything else in between. You were a true Giant and you went too soon. Rest in peace buddy...
Thanks for the memory, Rod, especially the 1997 season. You'll be missed.
Although I also felt we were living on the edge with Shooter on the mound, those were great times that made for a lot of great memories. A truly great Giant, who will never be forgotten by this fan.
RIP Shooter. Your amazing bases loaded, no-outs escape against the Dodgers in September 1997 is one of my all-time favorite moments as a 32 year old life long Giants fan. My family was on a camping trip, and we drove all the way into town to try to find a TV...and luck for us the only bar in town had a satellite dish! My family watched on pins and needles as you worked your magic. We screamed and hugged when you struck out Zeile. And when you induced the double play, we all went beserk! We were hugging and jumping and screaming, even my dear mother who is a German national and has always had trouble understanding baseball! Thank you so much, you were a great closer, a GREAT Giant, and most important, a great person. I am so sad as I type this, thanks for the great memories and for being a very gracious star and professional athlete. If I ever have a son, I will tell him about what a great Giant you were. RIP
Always one of my favorite players. You will be missed!
Rest in peace Rod. My prayers are with your wife and daughters. Thank you for the joy that you brought into the life of this long time Giants fan from Connecticut.
Condolences to the Beck family. It was always great to watch Rod on the mound! His character, heart and presence were great for all fans of major league baseball.
Thats too bad that hes gone now, he was one of my most memorable Giants from back in day when i was little. I still remember how he used to move his arm back and forth before he pitched. He was a great closer for us. RIP Rod Beck, us Giants fans will miss you.
Rest in peace Shooter. You were truly one of my favorite Giants. We could have used you in '02. Thanks for the memories
what a great loss to this game.One of the best during his prime and what a great person he was off the field.Never met him but heard nothing but good things about him.My heart goes out to his family
Hey shooter short is relief as life.
Thanks for the good times.Watching you compete was an inspiration. Such is the way of life. We'll miss Ya. You did
one heck of a good job !!
There are so many great things to say about Rod Beck that it is impossible to know where to begin. As someone very involved in fighting AIDS, I think that besides his amazing on-field performances, I will remember that he and his wife stood up to be counted in the fight against this horrible disease when many were (and still are) afraid to associate their names with this fight. He was not only a great baseball player but a great human being.
You coined the word "Dustiny" and then backed it up on the mound with the guts of fury of a true closer. It's a shame that we won't be able to hear your stories about old school hardball 20 years from now. Goodbye Shooter, There's no last call in Heaven.
Hey, Rod, I don't know why there's a picture of you over on the right wearing a Cubs cap. You're a Giant all the way.
In every way.....
Thanks for the great memories and the great pitching with the Giants. Gutty guys like you don't come along very often.
You left us much too soon, but you won't be forgotten.
My sincere condolences and best wishes go out to your family.
My prayers are with the family of a Great Giant and better person. Say hi to my dad in heaven. He also loved baseball.
My prayers are with the family of a Great Giant and better person. Say hi to my dad in heaven. He also loved baseball.
I was a Giants fan for years before; but '97 turned me into a diehard at age 12, and Rod had a huge part it that. I'll never forget being there on that Saturday clincher against the Padres -- you getting the final out and screaming to the sky, Barry giving high fives on top of the dugout... and people being HAPPY to be stuck in Candlestick traffic afterwards, honking horns out of joy rather than frustration.
For that, Rod will always be in my top favorites. Older generations had Mays, McCovey, Cepeda and Marichal... I had Williams, Clark, Thompson and Beck; and I'll never forget those memories.
Rod, you were always a joy to watch. The intimidating arm swing and scowl on the face, became a favorite for many years of all Giants fans. Sorry to see you go at such an early age.
Rod Beck: you've always made our day everytime we see you during home games.
I had the pleasure of meeting him in spring training some years ago. He stopped and had a twentyfive minute conversation with me. He truly was a saint. The major MLPA need to hold there players to the standard this man set.
MY FAMILY AND I CLEARLY REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE AT CANDLESTICK PARK AND ROD CAME IN AT THE TOP OF THE 9TH AND HE BLEW THE DODGERS AWAY.
WHAT A VICTORY AND WE CLINCHED THE DIVISION IN 1997.
Rod Beck was the player who made me love baseball and the Giants. Shooter will always be my favorite Giant.
I WILL MISS YOU, QUE DIOS TE AMPARE EN EL CIELO.
I missed Rod in the Bay Area when I lived there, but I did get the privilege of seeing him play in San Diego for the Padres. THANKS Rod!!!
It's always sad to lose a class act.
Shooter - Rod Beck: You Da Man. You were with the Giants during a good time. You made it with the team, and the fans loved you. It was sad to hear of your passing. We love you Man!
Ohhh man I hate these kind of days. "Shooter" was the ideal professional and was one of my all time favorite athletes to watch. In an age of punk athletes, it is nice to know that I was able to watch a down to earth normal man, achieve greatness and still be humble and god forbid normal. All of those who were fortunate to watch him play and interact with him are better off. Shooter, God blesses the Departed!
Watching him stare down batters with that look and the dangling arm was what I remember most about him. Down the stretch in 93 he was absolutely awesome!!
The good always die young. You were always 38, even when you were 24! Save a Cold Beer for me...when I come a knocking on your front door!
You gave Giant Fans your best years while you were on our team. Godspeed and farewell. Once a Giant, always a Giant. That look, that swinging right arm, and the XXXX's....you was BAD!
He'll always be one of my favorite players.
San Francisco will never forget you, Shooter. Deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.
Thanks for the years...
My prayers go out to your family.
Shooter, you will never be forgotten, you brought us Giant fans alot of joy---I guess heavenly baseball needed you to strike out that last threat in the bottom of the ninth. God bless you and your family.
I'll never forget the bend of your back, the arm dangling by your side, and your glare at the catchers mitt before the splitfinger danced to the plate. Rod, you are great person and a true Giant. You will be greatly missed.
As a neighbor for the past two years, I'm saddened by this tradgedy. My condolences and prayers for his family and especially, his two daughters.
What I will miss is Rod's sincerity. I remember a pregame interview Rod gave when he was briefly on the disabled list and was itching to get back into action (I think it was 1994.) Rod said, "I'm so angry, I could ... spit!" Then, feeling guilty, he quickly added, "Oh ... can I say that?" What a great guy - the kind of person you'd want as your neighbor. We'll miss you, Rod.
My condolances to the family of Rod "Shooter" Beck. A joy to watch and root for.
Stacey, Kayla and Kelsey,
Rod was the greatest and like the brother I never had. I'll never forget all of the special and amazing memories together...all the events we did in the community...Until There's A Cure Day...sitting with all of you in the stands and cheering on one of the greatest relievers in baseball...but more importantly...the greatest friend and person in the world! Rod is watching over all of us now...he made a positive and tremendous impact and we're all blessed because he was an amazing part of our lives! God bless all of you during this difficult time. My love and prayers are with you. Love, Greg
Rod Beck is the true picture of a grade A baseball player. The Giant family as well as the many fans who saw u pitch will greatly miss you. God bless the Beck family.
Thank you Shooter for all the things you have done for the San Francisco Giants. You will be truly missed.
Stacey and kids
Our deepest condolences for you loss. Please remember that your friends are standing by your side and are ready to help in any way they can.
To the Beck Family,
My heart felt sorrow goes out to all of you.GOD decided its time to bring in the "SHOOTER". "What a game must be going on up there". Maybe he is pitching to Joe D, or Mickey M, or even THE BABE......
Who ever it is ......Watch the Arm Swing....Rest in Peace Rod,
He defined the term 'closer'. Condolences to his family.
We met in the locker room when I was a guest batboy and I still remember he had a presence that was larger than life. You were a great Giant and will be missed!
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
For all that you've done for the game and all the memories you've given to us fans, thank you. Be at peace, Shooter.
I'll never forget how Rod and his wife worked for AIDs babies. They didn't just lend their names, they were hand-on. He was one of the best guys in the game. A man of the people with a huge heart. Scary on the hill, kind off the field.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. There was more to Rod than just a Baseball Player. It is a tragedy for any young man to leave this world unprepared and so much more to live for. He was loved not only by his fans, but by his family and friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
It is a sad day to learn of Rod's passing at such a young age. It really gives credence to the phrase "The good, they die young". My deepest sympathies to the Beck family.
My first (and only) playoff game was the last time Rodney pitched for the Giants. He'd lost the closer spot to Roberto Hernandez, and the Giants lost the playoffs. When it was too late, Beck came in and bing bang bong the inning was over. He tipped his cap as he left the field and I stood to cheer him. I knew it was the last time I'd see him pitch for SF. Rod Beck was and remains my favorite Giant.
Some professional athletes take more than they give.
Rod was 100% give, all the time. Thanks for the memories. You put into Baseball that element which uplifts us and makes sport trandscend into simple and pure human inspiration. I'm so sorry you won't be here to collect the lifetime of handshakes and beers we all owe you. Rest in peace, Shooter.
1993 and 1997 were two seasons I will never forget! You were a great closer and a true Giant! Thank you for the great memories!
As a Dodger fan, I always cursed under my breath every time Mike Jackson came out, because I knew Rod Beck was next and it was Game Over. I always had a great respect for him, I just wished he pitched for my team. Rest in Peace, shooter, because somewhere up there in the great baseball game in the sky, they're calling for a releiver...
Giant fans in September of 1997 knew when "life was young, and oh, so mellow." 1997 exemplified the best of days. Rod Beck was the best of times, he was the best of the Giants. Those were magic times, and Mr. Beck was my hero.
One of the many things I will always remember about Rod Beck was when he he pitched in almost every game during the final week of the 1993 season when the Giants were trying to keep pace with the Braves. He was a warrior and will be missed. Rest in peace and my condolences to his family. Out.
Thank you Rod for all the great memories that you created as a member of the San Francisco Giants. That September game in '97 will always be remembered for the fine job you did.
Thanks Shooter for everything you did for us Giant Fans...You were a joy to watch...When I think of Giant relief...the first name to come into my mind is Rod Beck..you will be missed
It was too soon Shooter. Far too soon...... My thoughts are with your family as they manage this loss.
Just wanted to say THANK YOU to Rod "The Shooter" Beck for all the exciting games you have given us to remember. Especiall the 97' game against the Dodgers. You made the game of baseball fun to watch and showed the fans that pro atheletes are regular people too. Wish I could of shared a beer with you. In fact I'll have one for you tonight! Rest In Peace Brother, and to your family I offer my condolences.
Thank you for many great memories of great Giants baseball...
Being 21, I remember as a kid I always dangled my arm and followed with a ferocious pitching motion whenever I was on the mound in elementary school. From a die hard fan from the 'stick, we were truly blessed with a die hard player. Saving games in SF has never been quite as intriguing. Rest In Peace Shooter. I wish I've met you. Damn Rod, if we could just see one more pitch from you...
My heart aches for the Beck family. I will always remember that September afternoon game in '97 against the Dodgers. I cut class and got a seat in the LF upper deck. After #47 pulled out that "miracle" I knew the division was ours. He was a great Giant. Thank You Shooter!
Shooter, may your wonderful soul rest in peace.
Thank you for the memories of 1998.
I'll never forget the day Rod Beck came in to get out of a bases loaded no outs jam. I've never yelled at my radio so loudly.
I have fond memories of seeing you pitch as a kid at the Stick. When you came out I knew it was almost time to go home. You were one of the few "True Giants" remaining and latest to go. Thank you and R.I.P.
Whenever he came in, you knew the Giants were going to win! He was such a menace on the mound. Very intimdating. Will miss him very much!
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Rest In Peace, Shooter. G-d Bless!!!
I'm a new Giants Fan and just hearing about you brought me to tears. You are in heaven now and God Bless those that loved you down here. You will forever be remembered.
Having been a Giants fan my whole life, the first great Giants closer that really made an impression on me was Rod Beck. His combination of show and raw talent really defined what being a closer was all about. Closers are a special breed, and it is a shame to see another talented person gone so soon. Today I raise my glass to you Rod!
Of all the heralded players to don the Black and Orange of our beloved city, Rod Beck was truly deserving and he represented the best in baseball and in humanity. Selfless, hard working, and a hell of a good man. He will be missed for his slinging arm getting last outs, or his broad smile next to a cold beer. Rod rest in peace.
What I would have to have a beer with Shooter. The Giants blog page at SFGate said it best- there are good giants and GREAT giants. Rod Beck was a GREAT giant and will be missed.
We will miss you Shooter. You are always and forever a Giant. May you be out there somewhere, pitching against Eddie Murray with the bases loaded and one out.
I always called you "The Beck Monster" because you were the scariest, most intimidating pitcher I'd ever seen--in short, the perfect closer. And so much more. The whole Giants family--players and fans--has lost a wonderful spirit.
Have been a Giants fan since 1962 and I have never seen a more intense competitor than Rod Beck. He was a Giant amongst Giants and I'm so saddened by his passing. My condolences to his wife and daughters. You will be sorely missed my friend.
To the Beck family may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived. A true All Time Giant You will be missed Shooter.
Rod will always live in our hearts - as a closer and as a great person. I still have the poster up of Rod and Royce Clayton at the first 'Until There's A Cure' game in 1994. Thank you for all the memories - and my deepest sympathies to those he left behind.
Thank you for all the memories Rod "Shooter" Beck. You were the best and will truely be missed.
1993 a year all Giants fans will remember, the joy and the heartbreak and you we're there with us Shooter, though it all. We will miss you.
May you find peace of mind and spirit. God, please watch over his children as they go through the toughest test of their young lives.
I remember watching you during the 90's through brilliant sun and the fog and wind at Candlestick. You were in it for the game. Happy to have the chance to make the difference. Thanks for all the memories. I know you'll get your chance in the big game up there. Hope someday to get to watch again. Miss ya, take care !!
You will be miss greatly! The Giant would never be the same without you. May you RIP and thank you for all those great memories! YOU ARE THE BEST!
Thanks for all the special moments in Giants history Rod. You were clutch, you were always money! My condolences to your family. You were the greatest closer the Giants will ever see. To a true GIANT, may you rest in peace.
You saved a lot more than games. Baseball and the world need more people like you.
Thanks for helping us to remember that the game is supposed to be fun. i hope alot of you rubbed off on those minor leaguers and the fans as well. Here's to you, Shooter, my own version of the "Hanging One Arm" salute. I hope the obvious love and respect being shown comforts your family in some small way. The next rounds on me, in honor of you.
Dear Rod Beck and family.
One of my most memorable experiences at Candlestick was the one and only time I saw a triple play live and in person, of which you were a significant part of.
I can't stand that you are gone, and at such a young age. I hope you are resting in Peace.
i just want to say sorry for the loss of rod beck to the family.may god bless his soul.he was only 39 years old so young to have such a death.you lost a great person who also was great in closing games.
My condolences to the Beck family and the Giants. I can still remember that game against the Dodgers..listening intently at work..and when Rod got out of that bases loaded jam...still gives me goose pumps recalling it today.
I hope Rod can find peace and comfort in the next world and that he will once again come in with the bases loaded no outs and the game on the line...and come out a winner!
To the Beck Family: Please remembers that countless Giants fans loved Rod more than words can describe. He will never be forgotten by us.
The hanging arm, the Liston-stare, on the mound you were the scariest guy around. But interviews always revealed your softer side and true love of The Game. You'll always be part of my Giants' memories. Sincere prayers for the Beck girls.
Rod Beck was a real man playing a kids game. My deepest condolences to his Family.
Now, go K " Teddy Baseball " in Heaven, Shooter !
I hated to see you come into the game against my beloved 'stros. There was little chance we could make a comeback once you were on the scene. You were a fiery and wonderful competitor. You gave great energy to the game. God bless you and your family in this difficult time.
A textbook old-school player, the fact that Rod shared post-game beers with the fans out in some Iowa cornfield made him one of my personal favorites. You're already missed, Shooter.
Now you can play with all the rest of those mighty Giants who have gone to a better place.
"Build it and they will come..."
I'll never forget that Saturday afternoon in September of '97 when Shooter nailed down the pennant against the Padres. We partied in the stands for an hour! Shooter, you came to play!
Rest in peace my friend. From this Dodger fan who bleeds blue and always dreaded seeing you come to the mound in the ninth, RESPECT.
Hey Shooter, thanks for everything!
You had a great run
Dear Shooter: I'll miss you. Thanks for all the great memories. I wish your family and loved ones all the best.
Shooter, we will miss your guts and your determination and your competitiveness and that menacing look which belied the type of person you were - loving, giving and caring. I still remember watching you close out the Giants 1997 NL West game clincher and of course, THE game. They remember Brian Johnson but if it hadn't been for you getting out of the 10th, Brian never would have batted. I am sure now that you are staring down Ruth, Gehrig, Williams, Mantle and DiMaggio and striking fear into the baseball greats.
Rest in peace old friend. You'll never ever be forgotten by Giants fans.
Hey Sir. Whatever the reason....you've left us way too soon! You were a great Giant and I always felt confident when you came into the game!
I hope you've found your peace in life! I don't know yet why you died, but my prayers go out to your family.
Rod - You lived large. You made your mark on this planet. Your name and accomplishments will go on forever.
Rest in peace young man!
Love and Respect,
Thank you for the great memories.
Rest in peace.
We could always count on you at the 'Stick to get us out of a jam!
Your enthusiasm was contagious! You will always be a GIANT! Our prayers go out to your wife and daughters. I am sure that you are riding a Harley thru Heaven's Gates!
Once upon a time I stopped off at a McDonalds in Foster City, CA and on my way out I saw a guy walking through the parking lot to the door and couldn't help but think I had seen him somewhere before.
It hit me right as we were passing each other on the Sidewalk and I exclaimed "Holy Smokes! Your Rod Beck!" He just smiled at me and said "Holy Smokes! Your right!"
He was a class act and will be missed.
Des Moines, Iowa might not have been your first pick back then but we were thrilled to have you here! Thanks for the memories. Iowa remembers!
Heaven's gain is our loss. They're all having a great ole time with our man Rod Beck up there. We loved you and miss Shooter.
He may not make the baseball HOF but he will always be in Giants fans HOF. One of the best w/ the fu manchu & his haircut. Rod, you will be missed. God bless your family!
I never met Rod Beck, don't know anything about his "demons". I just know that I liked him the same way everyone else here did. He was one of those players that made baseball fun to watch and made you remember why you love the game. RIP, Shooter.
Thank you Brandon Grammer for the Keown piece, and thank you Rod for all the memories. If there was one thing most us fans loved about Rod Beck it was the fact that we could identify with him. He came off as one of us - a regular guy who just happened to do extraordinary things every other night.
Rod, "Shooter", God Bless you and your family. You will always be in our hearts. Thanks for all you did for the Giants and us their fans. You're a big part of baseball history and we'll always remember you as one of the best closers in the game.
I was at the dodger game in 97. when shooter got the double play, he pumped his fist and roared at the crowd,we roared right back...
I never heard it so loud at the stick.
Rod Beck was the reason I became a Giants fan. My buddies and I have season tix, and talk about him all the time. He was and is one of our heroes, and we will miss him.
I was fortunate enough to meet Rod at Spring Training one year. He was friendly to the fans. And I admired him for his work raising money for AIDS babies, when that was not the most popular cause. AND the many, many thrilling moments he gave us on the mound for the Giants. I will always remember him. My condolences to Rod's wife and daughters.
Thank you Rod for being so giving of your time and money to others. You were special and I hope you have found peace. God bless your loved ones and friends and fans that will miss you. RIP
I always enjoyed watching Rod come out of the bullpen and pitch is intimidating style. He was one of a kind. The Giants could use the Rod Beck of the 90's now.
The Delgado family extends our condolences and prayers to the Beck Family. Thanks for the saves, the memories, and your passion for the game. Your fans will always appreciate what you have done for the San Francisco Giants and their fan base. Rest in Peace
you were how a closer should be, one of the reasons why I started loving the Giants the way I do. My heart goes out 2 Rod's family, I'm sure they have the strength and heart Rod had 2 overcome this tragedy.
Rod, you were one of the best! God Bless!
Shooter - getting out of the bases-loaded jam against LA in 1997 cemented me as a lifelong giants fan.
May God have Mercy on your soul and give comfort to your Family. Thank you for all the Baseball memories you gave fans.
Thanks for bleeding orange and black, you were one of the factors for many of our wins in 93 and our 97 NL West title. you will be missed.
As a varsity player at Lowell High in S.F. from 93-94, Shooter was one of those guys that we would talk about on the bench during games..."Did you see Beck's splitter last night? That was ridiculous!" He was the sort of player that inspired us to play the game for the fun and spirit of it, and to win as well. Thanks, Rod.
As a NY Met fan, I always dreaded hearing the name Rod Beck coming in from the bullpen and then wishing, "Boy, I wish he was pitching for us instead of them"! I used to enjoy (or hate it when he was mowing down the Mets) watching that right arm dangling down and how all you saw was the concentration in his eyes when he was glaring in at the catcher. May God be with the Beck Family during this sad time.
Rest in peace, Shooter. I will for the rest of my life remember your arms raised in triumph after the clincher of the 1997 season. My condolences to your wife and daughters...
Being a Giant fan my whole life. You are still the only closer I would give the ball to in the 9th.
My Dad used to take me to see Beck close at Candlestick and I remember people would go insane when he stepped out onto the mound. You'll be missed, Rod.
Rod and I met 10 years ago at the Chicago Westin-during a series at Wrigley. After 10 minutes I felt like he could be my brother-from-a- different mother. Wonderful memories of him pitching that I have always placed among the GREAT all-time Giants. Peace to you in a better place friend.
May God Bless your precious heart and soul and your family.
I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Rod Beck. While he was an amazing pitcher with a larger-than-life personality- I will also remember him as a kind and funny man that absolutely LOVED his wife Stacey and their daughters. Rod- we will miss you!
I had the chance to see you pitch many times in the Orange and Black, the colors that always seemed to look the best on you! That swinging arm while you took the sign was always with you and while others may have taken your trademark as a way to channel your spirit, no one will ever have the same meaning as you. I always felt a sense of comfort when you came out of the pen, and will hope the best for your family as their days continue, knowing that your heart will always be with them. That's just the kind of person you were, and it will last forever. Be peaceful in your next game...
I remember him best on the mound at the 'Stick, hair blowing in the wind, arm swinging back and forth, paunch hanging over his belt, and knowing somehow, some way, he was going to get us through.
Thanks Shooter, and best wishes to his family...
Rod Beck was a great player and seemed like a nice guy. As a giants fan I was always glad we had him on our team. My prayers are with his loved ones.
Rod you are forever immortalized by that silly band STROKE 9 (THE SONG: ROD BECK)
Tragic and too soon. One of the all around best men in baseball on top of being a pleasure to watch on the mound.
9/18/97 - One of the most exciting games I have ever been to, if not the most exciting. In a game full of stars, Rod Beck's style and strength of charater shown brightly. He is an iconic Giant, and forever will I be thankfull for the memories he created.
If there is a heaven, I hope Shooter is in it's parking lot having a beer and chatting up the others who are waiting to go in.
People here in the Bay Area won't soon forget Rod & Family. Watching him stride out of the bullpen in Dodger stadium that blistering, late September Saturday in '93... knowing the right man for the right job was on the scene, is something I won't soon forget....
He was part of the Golden Era as a Giants fan for me. I will always remember that arm swinging back and forth.
Thanks for the many pleasant and exciting memories from a life long Giants fan. God Bless Rod. Will miss you
More than anything else I remember Rod's narrow-eyed glare from the hill that told you who was boss out there -- & it sure as hell wasn't the guy holding the bat. He was a throwback to old-time baseball, & a gamer through & through. My sincere condolences to his family.
Rodney MADE my 90's at Candlestick, and I will always treasure my many wonderful Giants memories of him.
My heart goes out to Stacey & the girls at his untimely passing.
He gave all of us so much; may God give him peace...
With prayers from CC & Sons,
Always one of my favorite Giants. We'll miss you Shooter.
One of my fondest Beck memories - I'm at Spring Training in the 90's. A jacked up pickup truck pulls into the lot at Scootsdale Stadium. Rod pops out, stubs out his cigarette and saunters towards the entrance. He's wearing a drag racing t-shirt over his "husky" frame and his mullet is blowing in the breeze. Beck actually initiates a conversation with a few of us and spends the next few minutes talking and signing autographs as if there is nothing he'd rather be doing. He and Matt Williams were the nicest Giants I've ever met. May this TRUE Giant rest in peace.
It was a pleasure knowing Rod. I learned alot from him when I worked for 9's Mine. stay strong and keep hope.
Valla con Dios my Amigo.
When S.D.Padres were desperate of help in a closer, he came along and did his thing. Good Memories of the shooter...Great Guy!! will be missed
to his family" Our heart and prayers"
Rod Beck set the standard for relievers. He gave it all he had and we enjoyed every minute. What a terrible loss.
Loved watching Rod pitch for the Giants. Those were the days when the Giants had identity and class.
Shooter, you were the man. Thanks for a great 1998. That was a tough year for me, but you and the Cubs helped me get through it. You're one of my all time favorite Cubs and I won't forget you. RIP.
May peace and love surround your family in this time of their grief. Your spirit touched many. Thanks for giving the SF Giants fans great memories.
Oh Rod, you made the game so much more enjoyable. Thanks for the memories.
So sorry to here of Rod's passing. For whatever the reason, 38 is too young to die. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Rod, for many years you were the man and I was a fan who followed when you were with other teams. I STILL wear my mustache the same way because of you. You are missed and my prayers and thoughts go to you,re wife and two girls. Thanks for many fine moments and memories. Watching you pitch was an honor.
God bless you on you're final journey to that great big mound in the sky.
WROTE TIM KEOWN OF THE CHONICLE-SEPT 97 GIANTS V/S DODGERS.BECK CAME ON TO PITCH THE 10th,GAVE UP THREE SINGLES TO LOAD THE BASES AND,WITH THE FANS BOOING HIM,FANNED TODD ZEILE, THEN GOT EDDIE MURRAY TO GROUND INTO A DOUBLE PLAY. BECK STORMED OFF THE MOUND LIKE A GRIZZLY,THE CROWD ROARD DOWN AT BECK, AND BECK PUMPED HIS FIST AGAINST HIS GLOVE AND ROARD RIGHT BACK AT IT. I WATCHED THAT GAME. THAT WAS BASEBALL. THAT WAS ROD BECK. RIP ROD, ILL MISS YOU.
Boy did I like watching Rod pitch. He was a real baseball player. One of the last of the breed. I'll miss him.
I love the game of baseball. And, he was one of the best pitchers I have seen. He will be missed.
Rod was a fantastic closer and a wonderful human being. You'll be missed, Shooter!
My thoughts and prayers are with Rod's family... He was a GREAT
S.F. Giant!!! What a SAD time for baseball... R.I.P. Rod Beck!!!
Kayla and Kelsey,
I have a 13 year old daughter, which is why I'm directing my message to you. We LOVED your dad here in SF! He was so unique--such a talented professional athlete who was NOT full of himself, and treated fans like friends (AFTER the game, because DURING the game he was INTENSE!). I'm so sorry for your loss.
As a life-long Giants fan, that 93 season will be remembered forever as magical, even though we didn't get to the playoffs. I remember, at one game, someone having a sign reading "Jackson+Beck = Eck" which meant that Mike Jackson (setup) and Rod Beck (closer) were just as effective as Dennis Eckersley and it was the truth. Once ole "Shooter" was on the mound, it was a good chance the game was in the bag. God bless him.
Thank You for bleeding Orange.
May God be with your family in this time of Grief.
I will always remember that stare, the long hair and Rod always being there. Now you get to pitch those no hitters you always dreamed about!
In heaven, your always a #1 pitcher. God Bless you.
My wife and I will miss Rod, our friend and former neighbor. He was a very caring individual and modest guy, who always made us feel special. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family including his two young children.
I will never forget meeting Rod in the Stick parking lot at some post-game reception. We happened to walk right up to each other and he extended his hand and simply said, "Hi, my name's Rod." I was almost taken aback by how sincere and unpretentious the man was.
Rod will be missed. One of my favorite players growing up. Great memories of a great player and seemingly a great guy off the field. What more can you ask of our ball heroes.
Rest in peace, Shooter. you will be missed.
Excellent relief pitcher. Excellent radio interviews as a compassionate, caring individual on KNBR with Ralph B. A Good Man and All Time Giant Team Status in my personal SF Giant history.
My condolences to the Beck family! I'm an A's fan but always enjoyed him while he pitched. His nickname the shooter and how his pitching hand would drop down were truly memborable! He was truly a character of the game.
Rod Beck was always a competitor, and a true baseball great, but what sticks out in my memory is what a great human being he was.
Our loss as fans is not even an iota of what his family is feeling, so our thoughts are with you.
May the good Lord above have a tub of ice cold beer ready for you, Shooter. The Giants organization was lucky to have a true character like you, a character the team could use right about now. RIP
Rod Beck was "automatic" as a closer. One of the all-time Giants' pitching greats. I remember back in the day: Mike Jackson in the 8th, Rod Beck in the 9th. Giants win! I enjoyed watching him pitch. He was always on of my favorites.
We still talk about Rod Beck around our house. We loved him and his act, the arm waving while taking his signs, the glare at the batter. We miss him. From all accounts, Rod was the type of guy everyone wanted to hang with.
Thanks for all the great nailbiters! I'll always remember your sweet look out there on the mound.
My two sons grew up watching you play at Candlestick Park. They knew when you came in the Giants had a win in their grasp
My sons knew I loved your scruffy hair and your moustache. Yet when they were at home watching a game whenever I watched,you started to throw badly,so I had to leave the room until you were done pitching
May you have a great many ninth innings up in that Field of Dreams Shooter.You were and always will be a Giant.
My heart breaks for his family. The Orange and Black in SF is all black today. He will be missed by baseball, but more by those who loved him. Way too soon, San Francisco Giants great closer is gone. Thanks for the memories!
Rod, you brought many happy moments and memories to our family. You will be dearly missed. Please say hello to my brother Ryan, I'm sure he's waiting to talk Baseball with you up there. God Bless
A true Giant...a guy who would have sat in the bleachers. I'll fondly remember a regular dude in era of baseball divas.
I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to the Beck family. Shooter will always live on in the memories of his family, his teammates and his fans. He will be missed, but now heaven has a closer.
Didn't know you personally, but could tell that you were truly loved by your team mates. My most heart felt sympathies to your wife and daughters and may they find some comfort in knowing how much you were loved.
Rod Beck always seemed like the kind of guy you wanted to hang out with, go fishing with, drink beer with, he just happened to be able to pitch better than 99% of the population. He went before his time and it is our loss.
TOO YOUNG TO LEAVE. OUR CONDOLENCES TO RODS WIFE AND CHILDREN. REST IN PEACE ROD, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.
The 1993 Giants turned me into a baseball fan for life, and Rod will always be my idealization of a closer. He made the game so fun and the world is a sadder place without him.
You were a big man on the field and an even bigger one off. We need more players with your kind of heart. Thanks for all the great Giant memories! Rest in peace, Shooter.
Rod played the game as it was meant to be played. He wore is emotions on his sleeve and was a true Giant. We were very fortunate to live in the bay area when he played there. Thank You for helping us get to the post season. Peace be with you and your loved ones.
To the family: May you know that Rod was loved as a person.
A great man who gave pleasure to millions, I am so sorry he will be missed.
We came to know him through Baseball but he was so much more
Rob was always one of my favorite players. Certainly has the most colorful personality of any player I had the opportunity to watch. The should make a movie out of the guy's life.
RIP Rod...and thanks for the great memories...you warmed up the Stick on many, many nights!
I'll never forget Shooter pitching on fumes, guts and not much else during the last weeks of the 1993 season, his raising both fists when he got the final out of the game clinching the 1997 division title. Not to mention his classy comments when Robb Nen broke his team saves record. RIP Shooter, you'll be missed by all baseball fans.
This amazing outpouring of sympathy is a testament to how we all felt about Rod. He just brought something to the game, and to us, that most others don't. So human, such a great player, and one we will miss. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Rod's wife, children, family and friends.
I had the greatest time watching him pitch.
Shooter, wherever you might be right now, just know that you have so many fans and friends missing you. Thank you for all the amazing memories.
Rest In Peace Rod Beck! You were a great Giant and you will be missed!
Rod was all heart, all the time. He'd blow a save but get the win. I'll never forget him. Thanks, Rod, for showing us how it was done. My thoughts are with the family during this time of transition.
Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cub Fans forever!
Our deepest condolences to you and the girls.
We lost an original, and one of the all time great San Francisco Giants. My favorite Rod Beck quote: "You can't be scared to get guys out -- I mean Babe Ruth's dead!"
Rod Beck was one of my favorite Giants of all-time. He goes into the category of Will Clark, Matt Williams, Robby Thompson, Kevin Mitchell and Barry Bonds. He will not be forgotten. What a man.
Thoughts and prayers to the Beck family. RIP Rod, you will be missed.
You will be surely missed, Rod. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You were one of my favorite players when you were w/ the Giants. When you came in the 9th to save the game, I always felt confident that you were going to get the win for the team. That splitter was incredible!
Thanks for all the great memories and so many wonderful seasons with the Giants. You are already missed. Rest in Peace Shooter!
Being 19, Rod Beck was the closer for the giants at most of my first games. Being that, when I saw Beck on the mound, I knew the Giants had the game won and I just remember him being a ton of fun to watch. Boy he had some cheese. Too young of an age to pass, but boy will he be remember here in the Bay. Thanks Shooter
Rod Beck was what is best about baseball. He was a hard-worker who used every ounce of his ability to succeed. Not flashy. Not showy. He did his job as the prototypical relief ace. Today's Major Leaguer should try to model his demeanor. My prayers are for his family right now.
Miss you shooter...good memories of you at candlestick park....
A great Giant, but more importantly a great man. He was a rare breed and the world is a poorer place, with his passing.
Stacey, Kayla, and Kelsey--My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. So many people loved Rod. It's nice to see the great messages. I hope you are doing okay. Sending you hugs...
When I saw this guy I was nine and I thought man if I had to face him at the plate I'd be dead. Hell of a guy.
Rod was the such a great man. He was an all around guy with such energy and warmth. So sorry to see him go. I wish well to family and friends. Rest in peace, very deep peace.
Rest In Peace Rod. The baseball world lost a good guy today.
Have to respect any professional player who would take time out for the fans like Rod did. Only wish I could've shared a beer with him.
We will all miss rod beck. He was a fan favorite to many and there was never a bad story about this guy. Represent the stash Rod!
I was fortunate to sit next to Rod many nights in the Red Sox bullpen while working with the Fenway grounds crew. He always talked about his daughters, wife, how he loved hot rods, memories of going to Dodger Stadium when he was a kid and how he loved playing baseball. Shooter was always very friendly and soft-spoken. He was a regular guy. I remember him saying he had designed his home so that he would have to walk through a home gym from his bedroom to the rest of the house to encourage him to work out. My condolences to his family and teammates.
Rod was great when he was a Giant. I remember those years fondley, going to Candlestick Park to see him play. He was lights out!! RIP Rod!!
RIP Shooter. Thoughts and prayers to the Beck family.
What a great guy and a great competitor. All baseball fans send their hopes and prayers to your family, Shooter.
One of the great guys on and off the field. My deepest sympathies to his wife and daughters.
I remember well when Rod was a member of the Red Sox. Rest in peace Rod. My deepest sympathy to his wife and children.
Who could ever forget the elation Rod exhibited when the Giants won the Division in 1997...I remember watching Rod in Single A ball, pitching for San Jose in 1988, and he had the same demeanor then. A life cut way too short...
May your family find solace in the fact that you were a great person, husband and father. God now has HIS closer! RIP Rod, you will be missed...
One of the great competitors, what a job for the Cubs as well as the Giants. One of Steve Stone's favorites, for good reason. Rest in peace, Shooter.
May god bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Another person who was taken far to early.
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Rod Beck. The autographed copy of a drawing I did for Rod Beck in 1998 is one of my most prized possesions, it hangs proudly in our home.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May he rest in peace.
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pinte and Family
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
You will not be forgoten.... R.I.P.
I remember an SI article about when Rod was trying to make it back to the majors; sleeping out of a motorhome just outside the ballpark fence in Iowa. What a great article that was about him and his passion to play the game. I always enjoyed watching him perform his craft on the mound. Another good man gone far too soon.
I know your closing games in heaven now. Rest in Peace and may God give your family peace.
The best Giants closer ever on the mound, and the anti-Benitez off the mound. RIP Shooter, and thanks for the memories.
Some of the best moments at Candlestick were when Rod would come charging onto the field like a lion. He made the games fun and exciting. He was also a wonderful person to have in the community, and a good person. He will be missed.
My prayers are with the family and many friends Rod had. I'm his age, but watching him pitch reminded me of my younger days watching Goose Gossage and Catfish Hunter. He was a real warrior on the field, and from what I hear a gentle giant off of it. Rest In Peace
Cubs fans, and all MLB fans will miss Shooter, one of the best, one of the guys...
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
All of Red Sox Nation are deeply honored we were apart of Rod Becks incredible MLB career. We are in shock at his sudden passing but are comforted knowing he's pitching for the Angels in Heaven.
Our deepest condolences to his wife,daughters,family and former teammates! We will miss The Shooter.
Rest in Peace Rod Beck You were one of my favorite players God be with the Beck family
Rest in Peace. We'll miss you.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF SORROW, REST IN PEACE ROD BECK
So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Whenever Rod Beck came to the mound, you knew he was bringing his best. Baseball has lost a great pitcher and all around great guy.
Thanks for all the memories Rod.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
We will never forget you,you are in our thoughts and our prays
ROD BROUGHT A LOT OF SMILES ON THE MOUND AND I AM SURE AT HOME TOO. HE WILL BE MISSED
Rod was a classic. He will be missed...I can still see his arm doing that swing before he pitched. Much too young to go ~
Dear Stacie, Kayla and Kelsey,
Sending love and support to you all at this time. If there is anything that I can do for you, please let me know.
I drank many a beer with Rod after a game. He would do anything for you without asking anything in return. I fished the San Juan once with Abe and lo and behold, Rod showed up. Bye Rod.
Only the good die young...Thank-you, Rod...sympathy to your girls.
I was in Candlestick in 1997 when the Giants clinched with Rod Beck on the mound. I cried like a baby thinking how much my late grandfather, a lifelong Giants fan, would have enjoyed that moment. Thanks, Rod. I pray for Rod's family, and I pray that he has found peace.
Shooter, you are one of a kind, and were called home far too soon.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
loved to watch you play rod, rest in peace buddy.
May God comfort you and your family, Stacey, in this difficult time.
My sympathy to the Beck family.
All of Red Sox Nation will be praying for your family. You provided us with some great memories.
A lot of great memories watching Rod pitch god bless.
As a Dodger fan, I knew when you came into save a game, it was pretty much over. You lived a real life dream, that many people would love to do in their life time. You will be missed by many true baseball fans..
rod was a warrior on the mound and a good man off it. His contributions to the red sox are appreciated God bless his family may he rest in eternal peace
Our hearts are with you and the girls during this tough time. Rod will be missed.
I'll never forget Eddie Murray hitting into a double play with the bases loaded. Incredible moment.
To Staci and the kids - my heart goes out to you. I have lost a special friend but you have lost a husband and a dad. Please be comforted in your time of sorrow. Your Dad was a wonderful person and will be missed by many many people.
Thanks for the memories! You were always a fan favorite wherever you played but especially in San Francisco. We loved watching you, cheering for you.
I have very fond memories of Rod. I spent many a cold night and day in Candlestick watching his greatness.
You will be missed.
Thank you Rod, for the good times at Candlestick Park.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.