Regular listeners to the Orioles’ flagship radio station, 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore, certainly know the youngster’s voice. They surely know his knowledge of and passion for Baltimore sports. And they are certainly familiar with that wonderful laugh.
But a few hundred fans got to see and meet 11-year-old Mo in person on stage Saturday at FanFest. Everyone in the room cheered loudly when they saw the Orioles’ Adam Jones come out to greet Mo. That is everyone but Mo, who is blind and had to guess which O’s star was hugging him.
Baltimore radio listeners know Mo well from his many times calling in to speak with his favorite hosts, Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn from “The Scott and Jeremy Show,” heard weekdays from 2-6 p.m.
Saturday’s “Mo-ment” was pretty special, as the youngster met two of his favorite players while surrounded by his favorite hosts. I hear that Mo seemed to have as many fans there as the players.
“It could not have been a cooler experience. His teacher got to come see it and his mom and aunt were there. He must have taken a thousand pictures with fans and people were screaming his name when he was walking around.”
Mo met other Orioles besides Machado and Jones.
“We were walking down the hall with Mo and saw Chris Davis,” Garceau said. “Jeremy said, ‘Hey Mo, it’s Chris Davis.’ Mo just yelled, ‘Deputy!’ and Chris came over and gave him a big hug. It was just terrific. He’s such a super kid to have gone through some things and have the attitude he has. He is always so upbeat.
“When we finished, people came up to say hello to me and Jeremy and maybe get a picture, but about 10 times that many came up to Mo. It was really cool.”
Mo may not know it, but he has probably had as much impact on the listeners that have become his fans as anyone has had on him.
“I once said on the air, ‘Mo is everything that is right with the world.’ Then Saturday, I had a man come up to me at the event and he said, ‘You’re exactly right about that.’ You just feel good when you are around him,” Conn said.
Sonsy Gaba, Mo’s mom, wrote this on her Facebook page: “What a day!!! My son had the experience of a lifetime and I can’t thank the Orioles and the awesome people of 105.7 The Fan enough. We met so many people that absolutely adore my son and really meant a lot to me to hear how happy they were to actually get to meet him.
“He said today was the best day of his life.”
Law’s list: ESPN analyst Keith Law released his list of the top prospects for each American League East team here yesterday (subscription required).
He ranks catcher Chance Sisco No. 1 for the Orioles; Sisco was No. 69 on ESPN’s top 100 prospects list. Pitcher Cody Sedlock is his No. 2 O’s prospect and Law wrote that Sedlock just missed out on his top 100. Rounding out his top 10 are Keegan Akin, Hunter Harvey, Chris Lee, Ryan Mountcastle, Jomar Reyes, Trey Mancini, Tanner Scott and Austin Hayes.
Here is the list of prospects 11 through 20: Matthias Dietz, D.J. Stewart, Ofelky Peralta, Randolph Gassaway, Brian Gonzalez, Garrett Cleavinger, Drew Dosch, John Means, Cedric Mullins and David Hess.
Meanwhile, MLBPipeline.com released its list of the top 100 prospects and Sisco was rated No. 99.
Cards lose two picks: The St. Louis Cardinals have lost two draft picks - selections No. 56 and 75 next June - which now go to the Houston Astros. Major League Baseball announced this ruling yesterday because a since-fired Cardinals official hacked into Houston’s proprietary database and stole information. St. Louis had already lost its first-round pick for signing outfielder Dexter Fowler.
Former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa, who was sentenced to prison time for accessing the Astros’ database, has been placed on the permanently ineligible list, thus banning him from baseball.
St. Louis also loses the bonus pool amount from each pick. They lose pick No. 56 ($1,122,400) and No. 75 ($730,800), thereby dropping their overall bonus pool to $2,072,300 - far and away the lowest in the majors. Houston adds that pool money and now has a total of $8,608,300. Houston went from the 18th-largest bonus pool to No. 11 among all major league teams.