Baltimore was dealt a tough blow on Tuesday night as it was announced that one of the city’s most beloved figures, Mo Gaba passed away after a long battle with cancer. Mo was an exceptional young man who despite facing extremely difficult circumstances from an early age, showed a remarkable sense of optimism and passion for life.
Thank you for everything, Mo.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 29, 2020
Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/D64p1Nm2Hj
He showed this passion in his love for sports, first making waves by calling into Baltimore’s CBS Sports radio affiliate 105.7 The Fan where he became known for his colorful predictions and immediate rapport with station host Jeremy Conn. The two struck up an in person friendship that led to a deep bond over their years of knowing each other, and Jeremy deserves a ton of credit for helping to push Mo’s story out there for the world to see.
I can’t begin to put into words what I’m feeling. I tried to finish my show after I found out and I couldn’t. I am so privileged to call you a friend and to be a part of your life. You stole my heart. You accomplished more in 14 years than most do in a lifetime. I love you! pic.twitter.com/8gMN4JsXom— Jeremy Conn (@JeremyConn1057) July 29, 2020
Appearances at Ravens and Orioles games, training camp practices, and even his own radio show were some of the many highlights that Mo got to experience. He’s left an indelible mark on both organizations with the Orioles announcing he’ll be entering the team Hall of Fame, and the Ravens rolling out many honors of their own for him.
He also developed individual relationships with several players across both teams, many of which reached out on social media to share their condolences, and express their gratitude for having met such a strong young man.
Mo GABA you have brought so much joy to so many people. You legacy will live on as a positive young man who never made an excuse and wanted your team to play hard. You’re such an inspiration. Rest easy big fella. You will be missed! #MoStrong pic.twitter.com/iwEivmSVlx— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) July 29, 2020
Miss you already, bud. Thank you for blessing us with your spirit! https://t.co/JKDZMubJQi— Justin Tucker (@jtuck9) July 29, 2020
Rest In Peace, my friend. Your kindness, bravery, and positivity has left a lasting impact on all of us who were lucky enough to have met you. You have truly made this world a better place. We love you, Mo. pic.twitter.com/QzXMFFyG5S— Trey Mancini (@TreyMancini) July 29, 2020
The main sentiment surrounding Mo has always been that his positive attitude was infectious, and that was echoed on Tuesday as many took to social media to express gratitude that they were able to witness it. If there’s anything to take away from Mo Gaba’s life, it’s that positivity can and always will trump the negative - that’s a legacy to be proud of.