Mets infielder Chris Woodward has known of Lidle since his days growing up in Southern California and was his teammate in Toronto in 2003."Maybe that's God's way of saying we shouldn't be playing today," Woodward said. "I'm glad we're not playing today. It's hard to focus. It's kind of like a family member passed away. "I knew [Lidle]. We grew up in the same area. He was kind of a legend there. Not a lot of guys get to the big leagues. A lot of people look up to him. I hope his family is OK. My prayers are with them." Lidle and Woodward attended rival high schools in Covina, Calif., but Lidle, at South Hills High School, was four years ahead of Woodward at North View High School, Woodward recalled. Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, who also grew up near Lidle and became acquainted with the pitcher through a mutual friend, shared Woodward's opinion about the postponement. "Cory is obviously on everybody's mind," said Edmonds, who heard about the tragedy on the team bus to Shea Stadium from a teammate in a cell phone conversation. "It hits home as far as keeping your family close to you. "It's kind of shocking. You think it's a random plane ... then you find out it's somebody you've known for 10 years. It's hard to imagine that happens." Both managers, La Russa and the Mets' Willie Randolph, anticipated having stars questionable with injuries in the starting lineup. Third baseman Scott Rolen, who was forced out of Game 4 of the NLDS with an injured left shoulder, was in the Cards' lineup batting fifth against Glavine. Mets left fielder Cliff Floyd, bothered by a left Achilles injury, was in Randolph's lineup batting sixth against Weaver. The Mets took the season series from the Cards, four games to two.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.