As the Colorado Rockies prepare to
host the Philadelphia Phillies tonight in Game 3 of the NLDS, the focus is on
this rematch of the 2007 NLDS matchup; a series the Rox won as part of their
“Rocktober” run to the World Series.
But during tonight’s game, a dark cloud will hang over the visitors clubhouse at Coors Field.
this day, three years ago, October 11, 2006, former Phillies pitcher Cory Lidle
was killed when his two-seat plane crashed into an apartment building in the
Bronx. Nine of Lidle’s Phillies
teammates play tonight in Colorado.
Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Brett Myers, Shane
Victorino, Ryan Madson, Jimmy Rollins, and Cole Hamels all played with Lidle,
who played for the Phillies from August 9, 2004, to July 30, 2006.
The Phillies will be spending most of today preparing for
Game 3, but Lidle will live on in memories. Cory Lidle pitched for seven different teams in nine major
league seasons; making his debut with the New York Mets on May 8, 1997, and
making his final appearance on October 7, 2006 for the New York Yankees.