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Cory Lidle's widow testifies

5/13/2011 - MLB New York Yankees

NEW YORK -- The wife of a New York Yankees pitcher who died when his small plane crashed into an apartment building in 2006 has testified their son keeps his dad's uniform hanging in his bedroom and talks about him every day.

Melanie Lidle testified Friday at a trial in which she's seeking millions of dollars in damages from the maker of the Cirrus SR-20 flown by her husband, Cory Lidle, and an instructor. She says the pitcher had a close bond with his son, who's now 10.

She also testified about learning her husband had died in the Manhattan crash when she stepped off a plane in Los Angeles in October 2006 and saw her sister and brother-in-law.

Duluth, Minn.-based plane manufacturer Cirrus Design Corp. and safety regulators blame pilot error for the crash.