The news hit me like a ton of bricks and I’m still finding it hard to come to grips with his loss. Adam was a good friend and one of the most passionate Mets fans I knew, but it was just a small part of who he was and his many special qualities and gifts.
I go back with Adam all the way to 2005 when we became friends on Myspace. He was an easy person to like and love because of his zest for life and his overflowing optimism about everything from the Mets to the state of the world. When you needed some cheering up, nobody could do that better than Adam. He had a real genuineness about him and really loved people, all people.
Adam began writing for Mets Merized Online soon after the 2006 season when we took on a multi-author format and went from a Myspace blog to an online fansite. He was one of the original magnificent seven at MMO that saw this site grow into the giant it is today.
He was the perfect compliment to me and the other five writers at the time. For every one of our negative and pessimistic posts during the collapses in 2007 and 2008, Adam would come back the next day and counter it with a fantastic dose of optimism that only he could do. He always looked on the bright side of everything both with the Mets and with real life too.
There was more to our relationship than our passion for the Mets. We both dealt with serious kidney diseases and we literally shared many days or nights cheering each other up via email, his favorite way to correspond. I remember one night in particular back in 2008, when coincidentally we both found ourselves in the MMO Chat Room at 3:00 AM in the morning. We were both facing surgeries that week and were both dealing with pain and anxiety. For two straight hours we had the most wonderful conversation about the Mets and about Star Wars and about Chicken Parmesan (his favorite food), but mostly about his faith. Never once did he feel sorry for himself or complain of the pain which I knew was intense because his condition was even more advanced than my own. Instead Adam gave me encouragement and hope and told me not to fear because I would come out of my surgery just fine. He was like a guardian angel of sorts.
Adam championed many great causes in his life, and for those of you that enjoyed reading his posts you may remember how he often referred to the American Cancer Society and Fighting Domestic Violence in some of his posts. He blogged from Braves Country or Enemy Territory, that’s how he used to refer to his home in Alabama.
He was quite a funny guy too and had an amazing sense of humor and a gift for making people laugh. Those of you fortunate enough to be on his friends email list will know exactly what I’m talking about.
The very last comment he left on this site was for one of my posts three weeks ago. In usual Adam Baker style, he called the NY Post out for their gloomy outlook on the Mets, and their prediction of a Yankees vs Phillies World Series.
The NY Post is a rag. I think the consensus is the Phillies are can’t miss Series Champs. Hopefully that means they’ll fall apart by June.The Braves can’t be counted out here. I like that all of this attention isn’t on the Mets players. No verbal wars with Jimmy Rollins is a good thing. Hopefully the Mets can surprise some people.
As usual, Adam preached his never-ending brand of optimism which is why he was so beloved on this site.
I don’t know what else to say. I find my words are simply inadequate and not enough to describe the giant of a man Adam was. He was a community leader at home and very active in his church. He loved children and life itself and would take on any challenge cast his way and usually come out on top. He had so much fight in him.
I’m going to miss my friend.
I’m going to miss his advice and his encouragement and all the different ways he could turn a bad day into a good one. I know he’s in a better place now and that he’s happy and with his loved ones that passed on before him. I’m certain that the first thing he did when he got to heaven was to seek out Tug McGraw and Gil Hodges and ask them for their autographs. I’m sure they in turn asked for his.
The best way to remember Adam is to do something special for someone today – go out and make someone smile.
Rest in peace my dear friend.
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Satish also wanted me to add the following to this post. If any other former or current MMO bloggers who would like to add something just email me and I will do the rest.
I was in complete shock when I heard about Adam’s passing. Adam was the one who inspired me to write in 2008 for the first time. He encouraged me for years, always found the time to read what I had to write, and looked over me.
He became a father figure to me who understood everything and was there for me to provide positivity no matter what the situation.
I’m still at a loss for words – it hurts when your mentor passes. His sense of humor was amazing and I think we all could have learned a little from him. What keeps me from falling into deep sadness is that I know Adam wouldn’t have wanted us to be sad. He would’ve wanted us to cherish the time we had with him the way he cherished all of his friends.
He was a great friend, a great writer, and a great human being. May his soul rest in peace as he smiles down from the brightest part of heaven… I feel, out of respect to him, I will never stop being a Mets blogger.
Here are some links for those of you wishing to learn more about Adam.
A Few Of My Favorite Posts From Adam: