As most people have already heard, long-time Red Sox writer Nick Cafardo passed away yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida due to an embolism. He was 62.
Cafardo was known for his warm personality and was well-liked by everyone who was fortunate enough to work with him.
Several of Cafardo's colleagues payed their respects on Twitter:
Cafardo joined The Boston Globe in 1989 and remained a fixture with the company ever since, while also regularly appearing on Red Sox pre and post-game shows on NESN.
“Nick was one of the best people to ever walk through our doors — generous with his time and insights, immensely knowledgeable, deeply devoted to the Globe,’’ the Boston Globe’s editor, Brian McGrory, said. “He had a view of the Red Sox and the game on a national scale that is virtually unrivaled.
“For those reasons, he was one of our most read writers, constantly attracting followers near and far, his weekly baseball notes column being destination reading for tens of thousands of people.’’
Red Sox Twitter issued a statement on Cafardo's passing:
As someone who's followed Boston sports for many years, I can tell you that the city is losing a true professional. Cafardo was the type of sports journalist that all aspiring ones should take note of and try to be like. You knew you could count on him to get it right, which he did consistently. There was no one like Cafardo when it came to perfecting his craft.
Boston won't be the same without you, Nick. Rest in peace!