Thursday, October 12, 2006

Schwarz on Lidle

This is pretty surreal.

7 comments:

Travis said...

Yes! I have come to the conclusion over the past 24 hours, that baseball has lost one of its nicer guys.

Big D said...

Honestly, that may be one of the most disturbing things I've ever read.

Charlie (Seattle) said...

Travis-I have to disagree with your post. When someone who was famous dies, they are always made out to be the best person ever.

Very disturbing and sad, but lets not lose site of the fact that most of his teammates had nothing good to say about him once he left. It's very sad that he died, but lets not turn the guy into a hero because he died. I'm not saying that we should trivialize his death, I'm just saying that we shouldn't turn him into something that he's not.

I think the point of the article, other than the close scrape with death, is that most of these athletes are just regular people who get jaded by being in the public eye, and being under such immense pressure.

My 2 cents.

Kurt said...

I don't like the article. It makes Schwartz seem like he's trying to say "Well I could of been in that plane with him", taking the attention off Lidle and putting it on himself.

mwp said...

I don't think Schwarz is implying that at all. He's simply recalling a story that turned out to be eerily prophetic (for lack of a better term).

The end of that article gave me the chills, and not in a good way.

Jason (East Lansing) said...

It's sad that to baseball, he was one of the bad guys, but now that's all changed because he died.

Kurt said...

Lidle was barely settled into New York before taking a cheap shot at his former teammates by saying, "On the days I'm pitching, it's almost a coin flip as to know if the guys behind me are going to be there to play 100 percent." Phillies relief pitcher Arthur Rhodes quickly responded to Lidle's comments: "He is a scab. When he started, he would go 51/3 innings and (the bullpen) would have to win the game for him. The only thing Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble. He doesn't have a work ethic. After every start, he didn't run or lift weights. He would sit in the clubhouse and eat ice cream. When he pitched, we busted our tails for him, he shouldn't say that, he shouldn't say anything like that because he is a scab. He crossed the line when guys like me, Flash (Tom Gordon) and (Mike) Lieberthal were playing. He is a replacement player."