2020 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner Nick Cafardo
“It was a long game and we’re blowing deadlines and I think it was after the 17th inning and there’s a lot of exasperated writers, but Nick just said, ‘Isn’t this the greatest? Isn’t this great that we’re still playing?’ That showed to me how much he loved it.
“He loved Cooperstown. It was such an annual pilgrimage for him.”
Cafardo passed away on Feb. 21, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla., at the age of 62. He was at the Spring Training site of the Red Sox, JetBlue Park, on his day off.