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Baseball World Shocked By Death of Cory Lidle

This is a sad day for the Major League Baseball world and even a thrilling playoff game couldn’t change that.  Anything on the field takes a back-seat today, as baseball fans everywhere mourn the tragic death of Yankees’ pitcher Cory Lidle. 

Cory Lidle (1972-2006)

Cory Lidle’s MLB career spanned 9 seasons, during which he pitched for 7 different teams.  Players and coaches who were Lidle’s teammates were stunned when they heard about the tragedy.  Yankees manager Joe Torre said “this is a terrible shock.  Cory’s time with the Yankees was short, but he was a good teammate and a great competitor.  My heart goes out to his family”.  Shortstop Derek Jeter added “I came to know Cory as a great man.  I want to share my deepest sympathies with his wife Melanie, his son Christopher, and all those who knew and loved him”.  Even Yankees’ 0wner George Steinbrenner was deeply touched and stunned by Lidle’s death.  He said “This is a terrible and shocking tragedy that has stunned the entire Yankees organization.  I offer my deep condolences and prayers to his wife, Melanie, and son, Christopher, on their enormous loss.”

Fans at McAfee Coliseum were shocked

As fans trickled into McAfee Coliseum for Game 2 of the ALCS, they were excited and anxious for the start of the ballgame.  When they got to their seats, fans’ feelings changed instantly.  Word slowly got around the Oakland ballpark that former A’s pitcher Cory Lidle was flying the plane that crashed in New York.  One A’s fan said “My heart stopped when the man next to me told me what happened.”  The fan took off his cap and showed the bill, which had Cory Lidle’s autograph on it.  He added “Cory was one of my favorite players.  I can’t believe this happened.”  Such was the experience of just about anyone who came to the Coliseum to watch playoff baseball. 

Cory Lidle (right) died in a plane crash

Cory Lidle had discussed his post-season travel plans with teammates, saying that he would fly to his home in California after the Yankees’ season ended.  With his flight instructor by his side, Lidle took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey at 2:29PM this afternoon.  Fifteen minutes later, either he or his instructor radioed ATC with a “Mayday” saying that the plane was having serious fuel problems.  Soon after, Lidle crashed the plane into a highrise on the Upper-East-side of Manhattan.  Lidle’s body was found 50 stories below the firy crash scene on 72nd street, along with his passport.  His instructor also perished in the crash. 

Cory Lidle is survived by his wife Melanie and his son Christopher.  I join the baseball world in sending them my thoughts and prayers, and in mourning Lidle’s tragic death. 

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A trivia question is not appropriate for a day filled with sadness and mourning for the baseball world.  You can find the answer to yesterday’s question at the end of my next post. 

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2 Responses to “Baseball World Shocked By Death of Cory Lidle”

  1. […] Cory Lidle, the Yankees pitcher, has passed away after his plane slammed into a high-rise in New York City on Wednesday. His flight instructor also perished, but it is unknown who was flying the plane. The investigation is ongoing. Lidle leaves behind a wife and a son. [Baseballistic] […]

  2. A sports icon to all young boys. no one deserves to die like this this. He will be missed by those who got the chance to play with him and by those who watched him like mysel. I know basesball may only be a game and there is no coming back from death. The baseball world is sorry and so am I to have something like this happen to someone like him. We will forever miss Cory.


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