Holy God. Rod Beck, who looked like a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd and was one of the more intriguing characters to sport a Red Sox jersey over the last decade, has died.

The Sox players check in here. Tim Wakefield’s remembrance is especially poignant:

“I was absolutely floored when I heard the news today,” said Wakefield. “I’ve had a hard time dealing with it all day.”

“Out of the blue, last year, as soon as the season was over, he called, and I talked to him for a little bit,” Wakefield said. “We were busy, and I tried to talk to him for maybe 30 seconds. I was busy doing something, and I said I’d call him back. I tried to call him back. I never heard from him again.”

Godspeed, Mr. Beck.