FORT MYERS, Fla. – Nick Cafardo, a long-time Boston Globe writer, died Thursday as he was training in the spring, after collapsing on the pavement in front of the Red Sox Pavilion. He was 62 years old.
The newspaper said Cafardo appeared to have an embolism. The medical staff of the team reacted quickly but could not revive it.
The Red Sox, whose owner, John Henry, also owns the Globe, said Thursday in a statement that the team was "saddened" by Cafardo's death.
"For more than three decades, Nick was at Fenway Park and all the ball parks in the country," the statement said. "His coverage was as consistent as the game itself, and his views on the Red Sox and the most pressing issues that Major League Baseball faced were a constant, especially through the dominant column of baseball notes. Boston Globe.
"The Cafardo family will always be part of the Boston baseball family and the Red Sox will honor Nick's legacy at the right time."
Nick Cafardo, our highly respected baseball columnist, died Thursday in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 62 years old.
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Cafardo joined the Globe in 1989 after working for baseball (Quincy) Patriot Ledger. He continued to cover the Red Sox before moving to the New England Patriots in time for the team's first NFL championship, in the 2001 season.
He returned to baseball and covered the Red Sox and the Major Leagues over the past 15 years, writing a deck of notes for Sunday and a "On Baseball" column that allowed baseball enthusiasts in New Brunswick to England to keep in touch with their leagues.
Cafardo was covering spring training on Thursday when he collapsed on the sidewalk between the stadium and the batting cages, where players were training to prepare for the defense of their World Series title. The newspaper said it was his day off, but "his love of baseball and his dedication to Cafardo forced him to travel to JetBlue Park."
"Nick was one of the best people to ever walk through our doors – generous with his time and ideas, immensely informed, deeply dedicated to the Globe," said editor Brian McGrory in the obituary of the newspaper.
"He had a view of the Red Sox and the game on a virtually unrivaled national scale and for these reasons he was one of our most read writers, constantly attracting followers from near and far, his column of notes Weekly baseball being a destination of choice for tens of thousands of people. "
In addition to his cover for the newspaper, Cafardo wrote a book about the beginning of the Patriote dynasty, "The Impossible Team: The worst season of the first season of the Super Bowl". He also wrote "If these walls could talk" with Red Sox base player and broadcaster Jerry Remy and "Inside Pitch: Playing and Playing the Game I Like" with Hall of Fame Launcher, Tom Glavine.
"The major league baseball and sports journalism communities have suffered a huge loss today," said the players' association in a statement. For more than three decades, Nick has enlightened Boston sports fans with a rare blend of insight, wit and good humor.He left a legion of friends and admirers in press forums, clubs and wickets throughout the match. "
Cafardo is survived by his wife Leeanne and his two children, Emilee and Ben, who work in the ESPN Communications Department.
Associated Press contributed to this report.