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Tragic News about Former Met Cory Lidle

Mike SteffanosWednesday, October 11, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

I had an exchange of emails earlier today with "Tom", who appreciated what I had to say about enjoying the playoffs. As Tom wisely pointed out, "... too often we view these games as life and death...and it's crazy...". Although this exchange had nothing to do with the sad news about Cory Lidle, Tom's words popped into my head when I heard the news. Crazy indeed, equating a baseball game with life and death.

We hope so hard for the Mets to play well tonight -- if the weather cooperates -- and fear that they may not. It seems so important, until something comes along and puts everything into a very stark perspective. Even playoff baseball games are only games. Our prayers go out to Cory Lidle's family.

Our friend Greg from Faith and Fear in Flushing shares a memory of Cory Lidle from his time with the Mets.

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Comments (4)

Hi Mike- awful news today, it happened as I was leaving my office, and by the time I got home 2 hours later I heard it was Lidle's plane. I thought I was the only one who remembered Lidle was a Met 10 years ago. You hit the nail on the head, it takes an event like this to put what is important in life in perspective.

It's funny how quickly real life can jolt perspective.

I work in broadcasting. In our business, you've either worked with everyone else, or you know someone who's worked with everyone else, even in a market as big as New York.

That "two degrees of separation" is true in MLB, I'm sure. Every player in baseball has either played with Cory Lidle, or has played with someone who has. It's a tight little community, and we fans join them in mourning today.

Well put.

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