I didn't want to write about this story at all. The tragic death of Cory Lidle has no place on a blog, and if it weren't to maintain that The Out Route is up on the news, I would have declined to say a damn thing. Blogs shouldn't cover stories like this. They should cover anything else, from trades and firings to Kyle Orton getting plastered at a college party. Since blogs rarely actually break news, it's their harsh comments that separate them from actual news sites. And harsh comments don't have a place here.
At least that was going to be my brief take on this, until I turned on the news.
Well, technically, I was turning on ABC at 7 to watch Jeopardy. Instead, there was a 20 minute "breaking report" about the crash -- the crash that that happened over two hours ago. It was noticeable within three minutes that ABC wasn't reporting anything new. They just cycled the same shit over and over again. Throwing in a different reporter in a different area didn't change the truth: there was no breaking news, they were just using Lidle's death to try to draw ratings for 20 minutes.
I know I shouldn't complain about this. It happens all the time. But it's still bullshit. The man died and left behind a family. He was 34, which may be old for a pitcher but young for a man. Instead of showing a picture of him with the family or pitching one of his good games, it was repeated shots of the fiery crash that killed him and intermittent shots of him pitching a crappy last game for the Yankees. Those are all just blatant ratings grabs.
Even though this is nothing new, it's still disgusting when you really think about it. That's why I'm not going to go into the accident or anything like that. I'm just going to wish the best for his family in this tough time.
Sometimes, the media can be an ugly business, and even as a bloggers, the media's retarded cousin, times like this I feel ashamed.
Tom's take: OK, let me first say that I completely agree with everything Kyle said. Being in a newsroom no more than 10 miles away when the plane crashed and then as details slowly leaked over the hours was a surreal experience. I don't know if being in the news business has desensitized some in the media to events like this, or if it's stemmed from insensitivity, but I heard jokes bandied about the office that were disgusting (by some, not everyone). On Deadspin, someone in the comments said that A-Rod should have been in the plane, because then it wouldn't have hit anything. Tasteless. Joke all you want because you're detached from the situation, or because he was a Yankee. But there's a 6-year old who's father isn't there to tuck him in tonight. That's sad.
At the same time, let's make sure not to be saddened by the event because it was a recognizable athlete involved. A tragedy is a tragedy is a tragedy. And today was a tragedy. Just because we have a face to attach to the incident doesn't make it worse. I'll get off my soapbox now.