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MLB Community Reacts to Cory Lidle's Death
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
In the midst of a post-season filled with excitement and anticipation, Major League Baseball suffered the loss of a veteran pitcher and valued teammate. Cory Lidle's single-engine plane crashed into a 50-story apartment building in New York City this afternoon, killing him and his instructor, Tyle Stanger. He was reportedly flying to his home in California to be with his wife and son, both of whom flew on a commercial jet and heard the news upon landing.

Lidle was well-liked amongst his teammates and baseball cohorts, and the MLB community was shocked and saddened by his death.

"I am shocked by this devastating news. Spending the last few months as Cory's teammate, I came to know him as a great man. While he was known as a baseball player, he was, more importantly, a husband and father and, at a time like this, I want to share my deepest sympathies with his wife, Melanie, his son, Christopher, and all those who know and loved him." - - Derek Jeter

"The Phillies family is extremely saddened by the tragic news involving Cory Lidle. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his wife, Melanie, son, Christopher, and those families who were affected by the terrible incident in New York." - - Phillies president David Montgomery

"I enjoyed talking to him. I saw him in chess matches all the time with other guys. He was a competitive pitcher both here and elsewhere. He just seemed like a good guy." - - Brian Cashman

"All of baseball is shocked and terribly saddened by the sudden and tragic passing of Cory Lidle. Cory was only 34 years old and had played in the Major Leagues for nine seasons with seven different clubs. He leaves a young wife, Melanie, and a young son, Christopher. Our hearts go out to them on this terrible day." - - Bud Selig

"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." - - George Steinbrenner

"This is a terrible shock. I was with Ron Guidry and Lee Mazzilli when I heard the news, and we were just stunned. 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." - - Joe Torre

"We used to call him 'snacks' because he'd be eating Reese's in between innings while he was pitching. He'd go up there [to the clubhouse] and get some M&M's, maybe some ice cream, all the while throwing eight scoreless innings." - - Barry Zito

"I'm at a loss for words. Sometimes we take things for granted. Life is precious. This is horrible news for the baseball family." - - Carlos Delgado

"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. 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." - - Jason Giambi

"I am very saddened at the tragic loss of Cory, who was my teammate, and my friend. 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." - - Johnny Damon

"I remember Cory being very wrapped up in anything he did. He took on everything he did with a passion -- baseball, flying, his wife, his son. He would talk about his plane all the time." - - Ron Villone

"On behalf of Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz, Jeff Wilpon and the entire Mets organization, we express our heartfelt condolences to the Lidle family. Cory broke into the Majors with us nine years ago and developed into a solid Major League pitcher. The entire baseball community mourns his loss." - - New York Mets official statement

"When you look at, I think all of the things that transpire over on the other side of town with the Yankees, and I think it's very easy for fans and press to get perspective of what the reality is. These are real people preparing a baseball game ... and doing the best that you possibly can. This is not about life or death. It's about entertainment. The people that pull for the teams that they want to win the most get so wrapped up in how vital and how important that truly is, and I think it's moments like this where you take a different perspective and realize how fragile life really is, and how from one moment to the next, you know, you should cherish all those moments." - - Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson

posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, October 11, 2006  
  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger Q said…

    You have a wonderful blog here Yankeeschic. Some hilarious writing mixed with the most thorough information I've ever read on a blog. Just thought I'd drop that note, and if you don't mind I linked to your blog from mine.

  • At 11:08 AM, Blogger El Charolastra said…

    strange, no?
    ]what is it with celebs and the desire to fly?
    their own planes?

  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    thanks q - i'd be happy to link back to you, what is your blog address?

    and charolastra, I was thinking the same thing. jfk jr, john denver, thruman munson...whats wrong w/ delta?

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