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Thursday October, 12 2006.
A Look At Cory Lidle's Life and the Reaction to His Tragic Death
By mvyb, 13:01

 
Cory Fulton Lidle was born in Hollywood, California on March 22, 1972 to Doug and Lisa Lidle. He had one brother ( his twin), Kevin, who became a minor league catcher in the Detroit Tigers' farm system. Cory Lidle attended South Hills High School with future Yankee teammate, Jason Giambi.
 
After graduating highschool, Cory Lidle married Melanie Varela. Four months later, Lidle was signed by the New York Mets as a starting/relief pitcher. ( Because Lidle became a replacement player during the 1994 baseball strike, he was not eligible to join the MLB Players Union.) On May 7, 1997 Lidle made his major league debut, in which he worked two innings of scoreless relief. He picked up his first major league win three days later in St. Louis.
 
Over the next two years, Lidle was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and then the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but an injury to his right elbow kept him off the mound most of the time. In 2000, Lidle's wife gave birth to his only son, Christopher.
 
Cory Lidle joined the Oakland Athletics in 2001. Over the final three months of '01, Lidle became almost unhittable ( 12-2, 2.74 ERA). It was by far the best stretch of his big league career. In 2003, Cory Lidle joined the Blue Jays and picked up 12 wins in another injury-plagued season. Lidle did garner a career-high 10 strikeouts in an August game versus the Chicago White Sox.
 
In 2004, Cory Lidle was an Opening Day starter for the first time in his career ( with the Cincinnati Reds.) He picked up career-highs in innings-pitched (211.1), games started (34), strikeouts (126), complete games (5), and shutouts (3). In July, Lidle was picked up by Phillidelphia, where he stayed until mid-2006, when he was traded to the New York Yankees.
 
 Lidle was 4-3 in 9 starts for New York, picking up his biggest win for the team on August 21st ( six scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox). He also pitched in Game 4 of the Division Series against Detroit.
 
On Wednesday, October 11th, at approximately 2:36PM a small plane crashed into a 50-story building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The plane had been piloted by Cory Lidle.
 
Officials say that Lidle reported fuel problems minutes after taking off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Others claim they heard the craft's engine sputter and die before it slammed into the apartment building. But there was one thing horrified New Yorkers knew for certain- Cory Lidle, a great father, husband, and baseball player had died.
 
"Right now, I am really in a state of shock, as I am sure the entire MLB family is. My thoughts are with Cory's relatives and the loved ones of the others who were injured or killed in this plane crash. " said Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi. "I have known Cory and his wife Melanie for over 18 years and watched his son grow up. We played high school ball together and have remained close throughout our careers. We were excited to be reunited in New York this year and I am just devastated to hear this news."
 
Johnny Damon was also a teammate of Giambi and Lidle in Oakland. "I am very saddened at the tragic loss of Cory, who was my teammate, and my friend," Damon said. "I cared for him and his family, and my heart goes out to his wife Melanie, and his son Christopher. He was a great person who enjoyed everything in life, and I will really miss him."
 
One by one, the Yankees made remarks to the media on the death of their teammate. Ken Macha, Barry Zito, Eric ChavezRick Peterson, and several other players and managers talked to reporters about Cory Lidle.
 
To hear of anyone's untimely death is saddening, but when someone like Cory Lidle, a member of the Yankees- someone who you feel you know, dies- it really shakes you up. All you can do is say a prayer for the family and friends of Cory Lidle ( and the flight instructor who also perished in the crash.)
 
I urge you to check out some moving posts on the grief that is being felt over Lidle's tragic death.
 
This is indeed a sad day for baseball...

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