Lidle's widow, son, family to attend Opening Day

Updated: March 29, 2007, 8:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Cory Lidle's widow, Melanie, and young son, Christopher, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday before the Yankees take on Tampa Bay, the Yankees announced Thursday.

Lidle, 34, was killed in October when his small plane crashed into a Manhattan high-rise during an aerial tour of the city. His parents, Doug and Lisa, and twin brother, Kevin, also will attend the Opening Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium.

Lidle, a right-handed pitcher, was traded to New York from Philadelphia last summer. The Yankees will wear black armbands on the left sleeves of their uniforms this season to honor the pitcher. The Yankees did not assign No. 30, the number Lidle wore, to anyone this spring training. Yankees manager Joe Torre thinks it will be an emotional day.

"You realize how fragile life is," Torre said Thursday. "I say goodbye to everyone at the end of the year, you're assuming you'll see them next year. It's tough stuff when you lose someone so young so quickly."

Lidle and his flight instructor, Tyler Stanger, were killed Oct. 11. A light wind was cited by federal investigators for blowing the pitcher's plane off course and into the building.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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