NEW YORK -- As they prepare for their first World Series since 2000, the Mets carved time out this week to contribute to a remembrance fund for one of their most loyal fans.
Josh Abrams, a physical education teacher at J.H.S. 157 Stephen Halsey in Queens, died last week after falling and suffering a traumatic brain injury. Abrams, of Bayville, Long Island, was 39 and a passionate Mets fan. In his memory, Mets owner Fred Wilpon donated $500 to Abrams' family and sent flowers to his wake, a Mets spokesperson confirmed.
Wilpon's donation was one of many given through a GoFundMe page created in Abrams' memory. In a photograph on the page, Abrams is seen wearing a gray Mike Piazza jersey and holding his 1-year-old son, Axel. The family was expecting another child in May. The page had raised over $62,000 as of Friday, due in large part to the publicity it gained during the Mets' swift run through the National League Championship Series.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.