This is just really sad news.
The Boston Globe and Red Sox nation lost one of their own on Thursday when longtime baseball columnist Nick Cafardo passed away in Fort Myers on Thursday. He collapsed at the Red Sox spring training facility near the team's clubhouse, according to CBS sports. The team's medical staff attempted to revive him after he suffered an embolism, but their efforts were unsuccessful. He was 62 years old at the time.
In response to the tragedy, the Red Sox released the following statement:
“For over three decades, Nick was a fixture at Fenway Park and throughout ballparks across the country,” the statement read. “His coverage was as consistent as the game itself. His opinions on the Red Sox and the most pressing issues facing Major League Baseball were a constant, particularly through the prominent Sunday baseball notes column in the Boston Globe.
“The Cafardo family will always be a part of the Boston baseball family, and the Red Sox will honor Nick’s legacy at the appropriate time.”
Obviously, John Henry owns both the Red Sox and the Globe, so he also said he was, "saddened" by Cafardo's passing.
Cafardo leaves quite the legacy in the Boston sports media sphere. He grew up in Whitman, Massachusetts, so he was clearly passionate about the teams he covered from a young age. And he always seemed to have a good reputation. There's been an outpouring of support for him since his passing with various baseball writers talking about how he was one of the nicest guys they had come across in their industry.
So yeah, it's great that the Red Sox will honor Cafardo because he dedicated nearly half his life to covering the team. However, it's still a sad time for Boston sports fans, his friends and family.