An aspiring sports journalist, Adam McBride stayed active, loved family

Saturday, January 12, 2013 | 4:09 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — It was Adam McBride's 21st birthday. He was walking the aisle of Busch Stadium with his father, Glen McBride, before a game against Los Angeles Dodgers. He did not know where his seat was. When Glen McBride took him to one of the best seats, a box close to the field, he was shocked and pleasantly surprised. 

"It was like a dream for him to sit that close," his mother, Karen McBride, said. 

Because Glen McBride was a Dodgers fan and Mr. McBride was a huge fan of the Cardinals, the McBrides would go to the stadium a few times a year to watch their game, but Mr. McBride's seats had never been this close to the field. 

Glen McBride and his son joked about how the Dodgers lost most games against the Cardinals, Glen McBride said.

Adam Dale McBride died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. He was 23. He died from complications secondary to an adverse reaction to prescription medication he was taking. 

Mr. McBride was born June 14, 1989 in Dixon, Ill., to Glen and Karen (Mielke) McBride. 

He has always had a love for sports, Glen McBride said. His father had a passion for sports as well, so Mr. McBride was raised playing sports. 

Mr. McBride played in an organized baseball league for a few years, Glen McBride said. He played various positions, including at second and third base, shortstop, right field and catcher.

"As a child, he wanted to be a professional baseball player, and he talked about it all of the time," Karen McBride said.

However, he dove in the ground and landed on his shoulder during his practice, resulting in a injury on his rotator cuff. He had surgery. His shoulder did not recover fully.

"He was very disappointed that he didn't have the opportunity," Karen McBride said.

He looked at different options of careers in the field of sports, such as sports management, and eventually decided to become a sports journalist because of his fascination with writing.

"He was gifted as a writer," Karen McBride said.

He finished his study at the Moberly Area Community College, and he was in the process of applying to MU's journalism school to study sports journalism.

He worked out at the gym every day for one or two hours with music, Glen McBride said. Mr. McBride liked various types of music, including contemporary Christian music.

Glen McBride described Mr. McBride as "happy-go-lucky."

He and his younger brother, Aaron, were not just brothers, Karen McBride said. "They were best friends."

They did many things together, including playing video games and watching movies. Mr. McBride especially enjoyed watching action and comedy films.

"'Gladiator' was his favorite movie of all time," Aaron McBride said.

The two brothers were planning on taking a computer web design course together at Moberly Area Community College this semester.  

Mr. McBride is survived by his parents, Glen and Karen McBride; two sisters, Amy Williams and her husband, David, of Columbus, Ohio, and Ashley Lowe and her husband, Spencer, of Columbia; a brother, Aaron McBride of Columbia; and maternal grandparents, Walter and Jean Mielke of Parker, S.D.

His paternal grandparents Glen and Janice McBride died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. The service will follow the visitation at the same location. 

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