Since Ravens Orioles superfan Mo Gaba passed away Tuesday night, the city’s sports icons have continued taking to social media to share their condolences, memories and appreciation for Gaba’s impact on the Baltimore sports scene.
Most recently, Ravens' Hall of Famer Ray Lewis expressed his heartfelt sentiments on Wednesday morning in a tweet:
An absolute honor to be able to pray with Mo just a few short weeks ago. What an inspirational young man and a life well lived! Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Rest in Peace my little buddy pic.twitter.com/c7LWvekyYS— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) July 29, 2020
“An absolute honor to be able to pray with Mo just a few short weeks ago,” Lewis wrote. “What an inspirational young man and a life well lived! Proverbs 3:5 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.’ Rest in Peace my little buddy.”
After a long battle with cancer, Gaba died at the age of 14. In the past five years, he has left his impact on both the Ravens and Orioles organizations. In 2015, he gained popularity when he started calling into Baltimore’s radio station 105.7 to share his sports opinions. In 2017, he threw the first pitch at an Orioles game. In 2019, he announced Baltimore’s fourth-round pick Ben Powers in the NFL Draft. On Tuesday the O’s announced he would be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame.
And he had developed relationships with numerous Baltimore athletes and coaches over the years, including Lewis.
In addition to Lewis, Lamar Jackson, John Harbaugh, Austin Hays, John Means, Adam Jones, Willie Snead IV, Justin Tucker, David Hess, Evan Phillips, Trey Mancini, Cedric Mullins, Ben Powers and Trace McSorley are just a few of the Baltimore sports athletes who posted to social media following Gaba’s death.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also expressed his condolences for Gaba and his family.
Gaba’s impact on local sports extended far beyond the few athletes who met him. His joyous personality touched the entire city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland.
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