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Nick Cafardo dies at 62

Discussion in 'Our Errors are Mistakes: The Media Forum' started by Shawn O'Leary, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Shawn O'Leary

    Shawn O'Leary Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

  2. Murby

    Murby lurker

    Nick Cafardo dies at the age of 62. Tragic and sad. Oof.
  3. TheShynessClinic

    TheShynessClinic SoSH's Doug Neidermeyer SoSH Member

    Holy shit.

    We mostly hated the way he wrote, but he never seemed like a malicious, or bad guy.

    T&P to his family and those left behind.
  4. Koji’s Slider

    Koji’s Slider Member SoSH Member

    RIP, opinions vary on this site, but I always liked him.
  5. curly2

    curly2 Member SoSH Member

    Wow, that's shocking and tragic. 62 is WAY too young to go.

    Rest in peace, Nick.
  6. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

    Holy shit. 62. That's just awful.
    Like someone said, he never seemed malicious in his work.
  7. Rusty13

    Rusty13 Member SoSH Member

    Oh man. Embolism while at the park and Sox medical staff unable to revive. Just terrible.
  8. Smiling Joe Hesketh

    Smiling Joe Hesketh All Hail King Boron Dope

    Holy shit.

    He was a nice guy who wrote poorly. He never seemed to have any malice, we criticized him for his cluelessness.

    62 is way too young. Ugh.
  9. Mystic Merlin

    Mystic Merlin Member SoSH Member

    What the fuck.
  10. IpswichSox

    IpswichSox Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Oh, that's horrible.

    62 -- ugh.

    RIP, Nick
  11. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

    On his day off. No one can say he didn't like baseball.

    62 is right around the corner. As Warren Zevon said, "enjoy every sandwich."
  12. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

    Yeah, I may have thought he was intellectually lazy, but I never wished ill on him, and I never got the opinion he wished ill on anyone or anything. Except computers, he definitely hated the ones that ran analytics.
  13. jsinger121

    jsinger121 @jsinger121 SoSH Member

    Shocking news. Just awful to hear
  14. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    It's always a terrible day when the world loses someone that loves baseball.
  15. JohntheBaptist

    JohntheBaptist Member SoSH Member

    Wow, I am stunned. Holy hell.

    We (definitely me) loved to bust on him but he loved what he did and loved baseball and didn't set out to do anyone any harm. RIP.
  16. bankshot1

    bankshot1 Member SoSH Member

    62 is way too young.

    Whether we agreed with his take or not, most of us read his stuff.

    Very sad news

    RIP Nick
  17. LogansDad

    LogansDad Member SoSH Member

    Oh man, this is awful news. I don't even have anything else to add, really.
  18. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    This sums it up for me as well
  19. NickEsasky

    NickEsasky Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em SoSH Member

    Awful news. RIP Nick.
  20. Number45forever

    Number45forever Member SoSH Member

    He was on the Pats beat back when I was in college. Sent him an email about a column he wrote and he responded. I was in a journalism class and considering journalism as a major. We had a couple mails back and forth, which he definitely didn't need to do. 62 is way too young, sucks.
  21. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

    yep, pretty much this.
  22. Kliq

    Kliq Member SoSH Member

    I didn't always enjoy his work, but Carfardo gave me something to read every Sunday even if it was to just scoff at it and then laugh at @John Marzano Olympic Hero's reactions on SoSH. He was very entertaining in his own way, and a lot of other journalists have said nice things about him.62 is way to young.
  23. cornwalls@6

    cornwalls@6 Member SoSH Member

    Just awful. I rolled my eyes at a lot of his stuff as well. But had occasion to chat with him a couple times in Chicago last summer. Was staying at same hotel during Sox vs Sox series. He seemed like a nice guy, and was willing to engage with fans and discuss the ballclub. Very sorry for his family.
  24. Vinho Tinto

    Vinho Tinto Member SoSH Member

    I enjoyed his debates with Felger about Brady vs Bledsoe during the 2001 season.

    Very tragic to hear.
  25. Tyrone Biggums

    Tyrone Biggums nfl meets tri-annually at a secret country mansion SoSH Member

    Never heard a bad word about him as a person. RIP Nick.
  26. Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog! SoSH Member

    That’s awful. I disagreed with a lot of opinions but he always seemed like a good guy who actually liked the sports he covered, which is becoming rare in these days of hot take sports media. RIP.
  27. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

    Nick was the most personable and approachable of Globe sports writers when I knew him 30 years ago. He talked to everyone, even the scribes from smaller papers. There is a lot of pressure on the guy who writes the Sunday baseball column because of who wrote it before him. Nick would probably want to be remembered as a good person who did the best he could every day. RIP, to a good man.
  28. Scott Cooper's Grand Slam

    Scott Cooper's Grand Slam Member SoSH Member

    WTDS was en vogue when I started lurking on SoSH. That seems appropriate here. RIP, Nick. For many of us here, I’d venture a guess that he lived the dream. A life spent with the Red Sox is one well spent.
  29. JimD

    JimD Member SoSH Member

    I travel periodically on business myself - the idea of going on a trip and never coming home is heartbreaking. T&P to his family.
  30. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

    Oh my god.

    I feel awful and stunned.

  31. ifmanis5

    ifmanis5 Member SoSH Member

    The Globe article doesn't state a cause but it might have been an embolism.

    WBZ | CBS Boston News‏Verified account @wbz 32m32 minutes ago
    JUST IN: Boston Globe announces veteran sports writer Nick Cafardo has died at the age of 62. Cafardo suffered an apparent embolism at Spring Training and could not be revived by Red Sox medical staff

    Lots of glowing tweets about what a nice guy he was...

    MLB Communications‏Verified account @MLB_PR 17m17 minutes ago
    We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and readers of Nick Cafardo – a talented writer, a true professional and a friend to so many throughout our game.

    Steve Buckley‏Verified account @BuckinBoston 16m16 minutes ago
    Nick Cafardo’s passing has stunned all of us here in Fort Myers. One of the giants of our business, Nick was a kind, decent man who brightened the press box. As someone who sat next to him for more than 25 years,l can attest to his good nature.

    Andrew Marchand‏Verified account @AndrewMarchand 27m27 minutes ago
    Tragic news about a great man, Nick Cafardo. Nick was not only a top reporter, but always a friendly face at Fenway or Yankee Stadium.

    Lou Merloni‏Verified account @LouMerloni 35m35 minutes ago
    Nick Cafardo was one of the best beat guys I’ve come across. He was loved by everyone. Today’s news was tough to hear. I feel awful.

    Bob Nightengale‏Verified account @BNightengale 30m30 minutes ago
    I absolutely loved this man. Nick Cafardo was one of the greatest people I've ever met in this business, and such a dear friend. Absolutely heartbreaking. The sports world lost a great one, and I can't tell you how much we will miss him.

    Toucher and Rich‏ @Toucherandrich 15m15 minutes ago
    I never once heard anyone say a bad word about Nick Cafardo as a person, which is unbelievably rare in this industry. He’ll be missed.

    Keith Olbermann‏Verified account @KeithOlbermann 8m8 minutes ago
    Nightmare news from spring training. He was one of the true good guys - with everybody. #RipNick

    Mike Lupica‏Verified account @MikeLupica 4m4 minutes ago
    There are simply no proper words to describe the sudden loss of Nick Cafardo today. There was no one in our business more respected. There was no one who was ever better company at the ballpark. He was a wonderful writer, and even more of a gent. Too young, far too soon.

    Tim Kurkjian‏Verified account @Kurkjian_ESPN 50s50 seconds ago
    We are crushed. They don’t get better personally and professionally than Nick Cafardo. Rest In Peace, my friend.
    #31 ifmanis5, Feb 21, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
  32. Caspir

    Caspir Member SoSH Member

    Yup. I keep this fear bottled up pretty good, and then something like this happens. What a tragedy, and echoing everyone, way too young.
  33. chawson

    chawson Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter

    This is a heartwarming thread for someone everyone regularly goofed on. I hope he hadn’t been struggling long, it’s awful sad.
  34. pedro1918

    pedro1918 Member SoSH Member

    Yup. I feel sick.
  35. bluefenderstrat

    bluefenderstrat Member SoSH Member

    Man, this is sad news. I guess in its own twisted way, the Cafardo thread serves as a tribute. At least we gave him an audience.
  36. curly2

    curly2 Member SoSH Member

    I'm sure a bunch of people here, like me, follow a lot of baseball writers on Twitter. The tributes that have been coming one after another are not just of the "say something nice about the person who died" variety.

    It seems he was a truly great guy who was loved by his colleagues.
    #36 curly2, Feb 21, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
  37. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

    Pretty sure Nick and other SOSH targets laughingly dismiss the diatribes found here.
  38. edoug

    edoug Member SoSH Member

    Having got the call and had to make the call, This²
  39. Haunted

    Haunted The Man in the Box Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Wow - this is awful. That's way too young.
  40. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    OMG. Worst radio/tv news of the offseason. Maybe the worst news of all offseason
  41. DeJesus Built My Hotrod

    DeJesus Built My Hotrod Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Horrible news. T&P to his family and friends.
  42. ForKeeps

    ForKeeps lurker

    When I saw him trending I was hoping it was because he made a bad tweet or something. Awful news, feel terrible for his family.
  43. Obscure Name

    Obscure Name Member SoSH Member

  44. dcmissle

    dcmissle Deflatigator Lifetime Member SoSH Member


    That is pretty much an all star team of baseball notables. It says a lot.
  45. Spelunker

    Spelunker Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Terrible news. Even with our professional criticisms, no one doubted that he was a good and decent human.
  46. donutogre

    donutogre Member SoSH Member

    That's just terrible. Can't say I cared for his writing, but that's definitely too young to go. RIP
  47. edoug

    edoug Member SoSH Member

    Chris Cotillo tweeted the a statement by the Red Sox.

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  48. NJ Fan

    NJ Fan Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    A member of the family died doing what he loves. RIP Nick.

    (Yikes... I'll be 62 in May...)
  49. BoSoxLady

    BoSoxLady Rules Red Sox Nation with an Iron Fist Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I’ve known Nick for many years. We disagreed frequently, particularly about the analytics era but he was very kind and generous with his time.

    He loved baseball and covering the Red Sox was his dream job.

    He was batshit crazy in his latter years but he had no malice toward anyone.

  50. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

    Yikes. Yeah, we didn’t respect him much around here but that’s awful. Far too young.

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