Wednesday, October 11, 2006

NYY Pitcher, Cory Lidle dies in a plane crash.

Just moments ago, a small plane piloted by New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed into a 50-story condominium tower on Manhattan's Upper East Side, killing at least two people, authorities said.

Cory Lidle,34, died in the crash.

Lidle's single engine plane hit the 20th floor of the Belaire after issuing a distress call. Only one other person was killed in this horrible crash, this person was sitting next to him in the plane. I don't know the name of the person but it is said to be his flight instructor. The area that crash happened was just five miles away from the World Trade Center. Many people in New York feared that it was another terrorist attack. The crash rained down flaming debris onto the sidewalks. It is also said that at least 11 firefighters were treated with burns when they tried to put out the huge fires.

This is the official FAA report on Lidle's plane.

Cory Lidle married Melanie Varela on January 7th, 1997. He has 0ne son named Christopher Taylor Lidle, he is only seven years old.

He has played with seven Major League teams, the New York Mets, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Oakland Athletics, the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Philladelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. He was traded to the Yankees on July 31st from the Phillies.

In his short stint with they Yankees, Lidle posted a 4-3 record with 5.16 ERA. He started 9 games and had 1 relief apperance.

My condolences go out to his family and friends. Rest in Peace, Cory.

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