10/11/06 9:47 PM ET
Lidle crash touches Mets' Acta
Third-base coach lives in building where accident occurred
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
"Are you all right?" his wife, Cindy, and daughters, Jenny and Leslie, asked Acta.
Acta was OK, but he learned that Yankees right-hander Cory Lidle and a passenger were killed when Lidle's plane crashed into the Belaire Condominiums. Acta was not sure he still had a home to go to on Wednesday night. If not, he would stay at a hotel that the Mets arranged for him.
The ironic part was that Acta was planning to check out of the condominium for good on Thursday and stay at a hotel for the rest of the postseason.
"I didn't know where the crash was," he said. "I turned on the TV [at Shea Stadium] and they started saying that it was on 71st [Street], which is a block over, and then finally, they came out and said it was on 72nd Street.
"They still didn't have the exact address until they said it was 524, where I live. I started getting phone calls from my wife and daughters and friends who know where I live. It was pretty shocking."
Acta was saddened to learn that Lidle lost his life in the crash.
"I feel real bad about Cory Lidle, his co-pilot, his family," he said. "I also feel bad for the people inside the building. It's not just about him and me."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.