The baseball world is in mourning Friday after losing a beloved figure.
Longtime Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo passed away Thursday at 62 years old, prompting manager Alex Cora to honor him with a moving statement Friday morning in a press conference from Fort Myers.
As news of Cafardo's passing spread, current and former players responded on social media with a mixture of sadness, condolences and fond memories.
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright sent this tweet early Friday morning:
Im sad to hear about @nickcafardo im stunned actually. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.— Steven Wright (@Knucklepuck23) February 22, 2019
Chicago Cubs pitcher and former Sox ace Jon Lester offered a heartfelt tribute.
Shocked to hear of the passing of @nickcafardo. Even though I may not have always wanted to speak with him (or any member of the media), he was always kind, fair, and had a dedication to his craft that you couldn’t help but respect. We lost a really good one. Rest easy Nick.— Jon Lester (@JLester34) February 22, 2019
Veteran Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and ex-New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez passed along kind words, as well.
Extremely saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Nick Cafardo. A great writer that I’ve gotten to know over my career! Always a professional towards myself and anyone I’ve ever seen him speak with. Your words will will truly be missed!!— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) February 22, 2019
The world is darker today without @nickcafardo. His fairness, love for the game and great heart made fans of us all. All my prayers to @bostonglobe @Ben_ESPN and the rest of his family. We will miss you from field to booth, Nick.— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) February 21, 2019
Cafardo left a positive generation of several generations of major league players, as Tom Glavine, Dennis Eckersley and Curt Schilling also paid their respects.
So sad to hear of the passing of @nickcafardo .. enjoyed working with him on a couple of occasions. Great baseball mind and writer..he will be missed— Tom Glavine (@Tom_Glavine) February 21, 2019
Very sad about the sudden passing of Nick Cafardo. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Life is so precious. Rest in peace, Nick.— Dennis Eckersley (@Eck43) February 22, 2019
He was a good man who I felt always tried to 'tell the story' instead of be the story. Baseball lost a good one today. God Bless and my prayers to the Cafardo family and baseball writers who knew Nick. @nickcafardo— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 22, 2019
The Red Sox left roses at Cafardo's empty seat in the JetBlue Park press box for Friday's exhibition against Northeastern.
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