Longtime Red Sox Writer Dies Suddenly at Team’s Spring Training Clubhouse

The team's medical staff responded quickly but was unable to revive Nick Cafardo.

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez heads to the clubhouse after an informal workout with position players during day four of spring training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL on Feb. 16, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez heads to the clubhouse after an informal workout with position players during day four of spring training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL on Feb. 16, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
By Evan Bleier / February 22, 2019 10:00 am

Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo, who covered the Red Sox and baseball for more than three decades, died Thursday after collapsing outside the team’s spring training clubhouse in Florida.

He was 62.

The team’s medical staff responded quickly but was unable to revive him. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of an apparent embolism.

Cafardo wasn’t supposed to be at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers because it was his day off but no one was surprised to see him there because his work ethic was unmatched.

“He never wanted a trip off. He never wanted a day off. He came early and stayed late. He was never in a hurry to get out,” said Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy. “Nick showed up every day without fanfare. He was part of the daily heartbeat of baseball.”

Recognized by colleagues and rivals alike, Cafardo was a gentle soul who even pledged to never eat chicken again after big league outfielder Ivan Calderon took him to a cockfight in Puerto Rico.

Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe Sports Columnist. (Photo by John Ioven/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Tributes to Cafardo began rolling in on social media as soon as the news was announced and continued to pour in through the night and on Friday.

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