The Baltimore Orioles were blessed to have a young superfan named Mo Gaba.
This sweet young man who will forever be in the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame sadly passed away a few hours after being told about his enshrinement.
This led the Orioles, both current and former, to share their memories and love for the young fan who lived a tough life fighting cancer.
The team announced his Hall of Fame enshrinement:
Our most dedicated fan is forever with us in our Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/usFYQk7s0p
— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) July 28, 2020
And a few hours later, shared their condolences:
Forever #MoStrong 🖤
Thank you, Mo, for sharing your joy and contagious laughter with the team and all the countless memories we will never forget. pic.twitter.com/3JDifNIMmh
— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) July 29, 2020
And, after his passing, Orioles players shared their condolences for the boy who loved the Orioles more than life itself. Former O’s outfielder Adam Jones shared this Tweet:
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
Hall of Famer Jim Palmer shared his thoughts on the superfan in this Tweet:
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mo Gaba. What a young man! So full of fight, spirit, a passion to live his life to the fullest. Just think of the company he will share in Heaven. They will welcome him with open arms! Go Mo #RIP @masnOrioles
— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) July 29, 2020
Trey Mancini shared his condolences on Twitter:
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
David Hess wrote on Twitter:
Mo has been an inspiration to so many people and his memory will continue to be a reminder of being kind and joyful in every circumstance of life. The world lost an amazing person with a powerful legacy, but we are forever #MoStrong https://t.co/1xXnDroTVp
— David Hess (@hess_express28) July 29, 2020
Cedric Mullins shared a photo with Mo and these kind words:
— Cedric Mullins (@cedmull30) July 29, 2020
John Means and his wife wrote about Mo and his family:
Our prayers are with Sonsy tonight. Mo Strong forever. https://t.co/Hpqi5Zs3kL
— John Means (@JMeans25) July 29, 2020
Mo was also memorialized by Governor Larry Hogan:
Absolutely heartbroken by the passing of Mo Gaba, a bright light who brought joy to all who knew him and hope to everyone who heard his story. Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones. #MoStrong pic.twitter.com/O30flCokGo
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) July 29, 2020
And, the Ravens shared their condolences and memories of Mo:
Forever a Raven.
We love you, Mo. 💜 pic.twitter.com/iQisDcoaIc
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 29, 2020
Mo Gaba was 14 years old, and – despite living with cancer since he was only 9 months old – lived his life to the fullest. His cancer had come and gone throughout his short life, and it sadly took his eye sight rather quickly. Despite not being able to ever watch a baseball game and football game, he still loved everything about the Orioles and Ravens. The Orioles honored him frequently on the field, and he was a regular in the stands at Camden Yards.
The young man was all that is good about humanity, and his loss is devastating to the team and the fans who loved him, too. Rest in peace, Mo Gaba. We at Birds Watcher offer our condolences to Gaba’s mother, Sonsy. #MoStrong