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Alex Rodriguez to Blame for Yankees World Series Drought, Cory Lidle's Death

About two and a half years ago, then-Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle died when his private plane that he may, or may not, have been piloting crashed into an Upper East Side building. It was a shocking tragedy, as most plane crashes tend to be, and one that Lidle’s widow is now seeking compensation for. From the New York Post: ↵
↵⇥The late Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle would have made more than $50 million from baseball had he lived, his ex-agent Jordan Feagan claims in court papers. ↵⇥

↵⇥About $45 million would have come from Lidle's Major League contracts, and the rest from postretirement earnings as a pitching coach, Feagan said. ↵⇥


↵⇥His widow, Melanie, is suing the plane's maker, Cirrus Design Corp. of Duluth, Minn. ↵⇥

↵Seeing as Lidle was already 34 at the time of his death, and that he’d earned a total of $17.5 million in his career up to that point, claiming he would make another $45 mil seems like quite a stretch -- not like it’s abnormal for an agent to overstate the worth of a client. An even bigger stretch, however, might be Melanie Lidle suing the plane’s manufacturer for a crash that occurred because of pilot error. ↵

↵Or maybe we just aren’t laying blame at the doorstep of the man truly responsible for this tragedy. One brilliant Post commenter explains: ↵

↵⇥She SHOULD be suing A-Rod for going 1-for-14 with no walks and a .071 OBP in the ALDS that year. If he didn't suck in the postseason, Lidle would've still been PLAYING instead of flying his plane into stuff. ↵
↵Alex Rodriguez: Giving New Yorkers someone to blame everything on, since 2004.↵

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