They may be a combined 12-20, but when the Red Sox and Yankees meet in the Bronx on Tuesday and Wednesday, the atmosphere will kick up a notch from the crowds that saw the Yankees drop two of three from Baltimore, Detroit and Chicago. But fans of the Bombers and Sox can agree on one thing: Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo will be missed by readers, following his untimely death.
A few miles south of the Stadium, at Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant (18 W. 33rd St.), they’re honoring his legacy with the “Nick Cafardo Burger,” with proceeds from the burger going to an ALS charity in his name.
Cafardo died suddenly while covering the Red Sox in Fort Myers during Spring Training on February 21. During his tenure at The Globe, he was named Boston Magazine’s Best Sportswriter in 1994, Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year in 2014, and was honored with the prestigious Dave O’Hara Award by the Boston Baseball Writers Association in 2017 for his long and meritorious service to the profession. He also appeared frequently on MLB Network and NESN.
Cafardo also wrote several books: None But the Braves and Inside Pitch with Tom Glavine; The Impossible Team: The Worst to First Patriots’ Super Bowl Season; 100 Things Red Sox Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, Boston Red Sox Yesterday & Today; and If These Walls Could Talk: Stories From The Boston Red Sox Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box, with Jerry Remy.
“This week’s burger honors a respected sportswriter and all around great guy whose death was a tremendous loss for the Boston press corps and anyone who knew him,” says Foley’s owner Shaun Clancy.