By: Jesse Balasus (@UncleJesse___)
If any of you know Baltimore sports, you know the name Mo Gaba. For those who don’t, Mo was a 14-year-old superfan who has battled cancer his entire life. Cancer took his eyesight, but could never take his spirit. Sadly, Mo passed away last night.
Mo used to call into 105.7 The Fan (Baltimore’s flagship ESPN station) late at night when he was only nine or 10 just to talk sports, and the entire city became infatuated with him. So infatuated, that he even had his own intro music whenever he called in.
From befriending every single person involved with Baltimore sports, to throwing out the first pitch at an Orioles’ game, to calling touchdown plays in Ravens practice, being on the field for the coin toss at a Ravens game, and being the first person ever to announce a draft pick through reading Braille. But as much as he was a superfan, he just wanted to be a normal kid. He loved playing video games and could recite every line of Spongebob like there’s no tomorrow.
Everyone has often wondered how Mo stayed so positive and upbeat during his near life-long battle. He would just say “Every morning I wake up and feel like I would achieve something; and that’s pretty cool.”
Mo got the opportunity to host his own show on 105.7 a couple weeks ago, during the primetime 6pm-9pm slot. Everyone was having so much fun, they didn’t stop until 10:30 pm. Everyone who’s anyone called in. John Harbaugh, Cal Ripken Jr., Ray Lewis, hell even Roman Reigns joined the party. It was four and a half hours of the world telling Mo how much we loved and appreciated him, and him laughing that infectious laugh and smiling so hard, you can hear it through the speakers.
Stuart Scott said, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.” If there was anyone that embodied that quote, it was Mo.
Only the good die young. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. All these kinds of quotes describe Mo.
All my thoughts and prayers are with his mom, Sonsy, his best friend Trey Mancini, Jeremy Conn from 105.7, and Eric Arditti of Barstool Sports, as well as the entire Baltimore community. We lost a legend last night.
For a more in depth story of Mo, please check out Arditti’s article on Mo and his graduation parade.
If anyone wants to purchase a Mo Strong shirt, (which I highly recommend) head over to https://www.threadlevelmidnight.com. All proceeds go to Mo and his family.
We love you Mo. You’ve impacted this world more in your 14 years than most do in 75.
P.S. put statues of Mo in front of Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. He is in the Hall of Fame damnit.