Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
10:14 pm - R.I.P. Cory Lidel  
It's weird. One of my flashbulb memories is the moment I heard about Thurman Munson's death in a plane crash. I was in grad school, and a bunch of us were having beers down at Iggy's, the closest bar to campus, when the local news came on TV. (No cable in those days in RI.) It was a shocking moment, and even the Sox fans in the group drank to his memory.

I doubt that today will remain with me like that. Events unfolded to slowly, and work was busy, so I didn't pay much attention. People were mentioning the crash, but it was a small plane kind of far from anything symbolic, so I assumed it was just a peculiar accident. And so it was.

When I got home, they'd just found out that it was owned by Yankee pitcher Cory Lidel. That was a bit of a stunner. And just weird, too. You never expect to discover something about a high profile incident that makes it even more high profile.

I logged in over at the Toaster, left condolences at Bronx Banter, and then got involved (along with a some others) in a mild kerfuffle at DT with someone jumping to some extreme conclusions. Meanwhile, there was a troll attack on Bronx Banter as the fans there were coming to grips. People suck.

It'll be interesting to see just what happened. It sounds like something malfunctioned, but that's only from reports I heard on the news, which seems to think that rumors and facts are the same thing.

Damn, I miss Iggy's.
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Hecubothecubot on October 12th, 2006 - 03:47 am
Cory pitched for the A's, and I remember him well. He was an excellent fourth pitcher for us after the Big Three. (Not as good as Ted Lilly in that role, but he did good work for us.)
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Maidengurl (SuziQ)maidengurl on October 12th, 2006 - 05:28 pm
I met him a few times when he was with the A's. He was also my son's favorite player (when you share a first name there is an automatic connection - at least for a kid).

I was at the ballpark early to practice bringing a football field sized flag out for the Anthem. The story unfolded while we were in the parking lot and it was just so surreal.

Just wow.
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DXMachinadxmachina on October 12th, 2006 - 06:12 pm
I'm guessing you mean this flag:

Which is pretty cool, even if the picture is really sad.
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Maidengurl (SuziQ)maidengurl on October 12th, 2006 - 06:36 pm
Yep. And that gal is one of my friends. She was in the lot with us as we heard the news. She had someone bring her jersey from home so she could wear it for the game - we also made a sign that said "Lidle - You will be in our hearts forever."

If you come across a picture of the whole flag, please share the link. It didn't make the national broadcast since they were talking about the crash during the pre-game stuff and my friend didn't catch it while it was completely unfurled.

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