'Shooter' Beck lived as hard as he played

Originally Published: October 12, 2007
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

Christmas parties always brought out the best in Rod Beck. They epitomized him, really. There were games, karaoke, plenty of booze and a mix of people who came because they loved the guy everyone called "Shooter." Here he was, an All-Star closer making millions of dollars. And when they asked what to bring, his guests were told to bring a toy. Beck and his wife, Stacey, wanted to make sure Toys for Tots had plenty of gifts for the children.

It sounded like a Hallmark card, but it was ...

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