Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Cory Lidle today. Cory was the starting and winning pitcher in the first ever game at P&C Stadium on April 3, 1997 for Norfolk. He later pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003 winning 12-games. He also made one appearance with the SkyChiefs that season on August 20th in Pawtucket. He started and pitched four shutout innings in a game the Red Sox won in the bottom of the ninth when Earl Snyder hit a grand slam home run off Kevin Frederick. Lidle left the Blue Jays organization as a free agent in 2004 and pitched for Cincinnati, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees.
I’m sure Chiefs fans who heard the news on Lidle yesterday remember when another former Chiefs player Thurman Munson also tragically died in a plane crash in August 1979.