A heart-rending find

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpgI was rummaging through our photo archive for a couple of in-house projects when I came across this photo. It stunned me for a second because I thought it was incredible that staff photographer Steve Green so randomly captured these two individuals together during Spring Training 1998.

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Both Kevin Foster and Rod Beck (listening to then-coach Tom Gamboa) in 1998, were being depended on to solidify different parts of the pitching staff. Foster, a hometown boy from Evanston, Ill., was a starter and Beck was being called upon to anchor the bullpen as the closer.

This June, It’ll be three years since Beck passed away. In October, it’ll be two years since Foster left us.

Fitting their names are Foster and Beck. A day after St. Patrick’s Day, I’d raise a glass to both of them.

Mike Huang

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