On the one-year anniversary of the death of young Baltimore superfan Mosilla “Mo” Gaba, Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini homered with Mo’s mother Sonsy in attendance. The team invited her to throw out the first pitch on Wednesday and Mancini, who befriended Mo before his passing, made sure Mo’s presence was felt at Camden Yards.
Mo endured four separate bouts with cancer that left him blind and confined to a wheelchair. He first endeared himself to Baltimore fans by calling into local sports radio station 105.7 The Fan at nine years old and offering takes on his favorite teams, the Orioles and Ravens. It wasn’t long before the teams invited him out to meet the players.
Mancini was among those who grew close to Gaba. The Orioles slugger went through a cancer battle of his own last year, missing the entire 2020 season to undergo chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer. Though Mo wasn’t there to see him complete the treatments, his unwavering positivity left an impact on Mancini that he still carries with him.