Josh Mayhood, the Angels blogger who kept the Halos Heaven ship afloat in the Spring of 2015 during its roughest transition and assembled the editorial team that comprises the core of this Crashing The Pearly Gates site here, passed away late last week at the age of 40.
Known by the posting handle Mayhem in the Hood prior to taking the lead at the site, Josh was a prominent member of the community, known for his consistent presence, sense of humor, sharp wit and being an overall good guy. He shined 2015-17 in keeping the sizable community at Halos Heaven together when yours truly left him quite unexpectedly with the reins. That there is a large, involved community at Crashing The Pearly Gates here today is due directly to him committing to running the old site then with independence and integrity – and under enormous pressure. For that we here are all in his debt and should remember him with gratitude. Had he been a flake in 2015 it would not have surprised those of us in the know to see Vox Media just scrub away the whole site and start a new one from scratch. In fact – they did something close to that late in 2019 with many of their SBN sites. A fan community that had lasted eleven seasons could have been scattered to the wind.
In 2018 Josh came clean about his struggles with substance abuse IN THIS ARTICLE and he parted ways with SBN later that summer. He and I took in a some Angels games over the years and he was a central part to a few of our site’s Las Vegas All Star Week outings – and took the most memorable photo that summed up the anarchic lust for life the site’s community embodied back then:
That is Josh in the middle, with yours truly on the left and the late Moondoggy on the right, out on the streets of Downtown Las Vegas in the Summer of 2011
While my memories are tinged with the bittersweet wonder of what could have been done to save him from his battles, I can’t think about him without laughing at his outrageous, impassioned zest to get everything he could out of life and to make sure those around him knew he was doing so. On his Facebook page‘s “about” section, he posted a slogan that sums up his eternal quest:
Have a good time, ALL of the time.
If ever there was a man to pour one out for, this was the man. Your beverage of choice was his beverage of choice, he said no to almost nothing. If, as the philosophers say, the road of excess is the fastest path to the palace of wisdom, Josh was far wiser than his years. And know this: He loved the Angels and he was proud to be part of this extended, long-lasting fan community, to be YOUR friend.
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ABOVE: Josh and I in enemy territory, representing.
L-R: Jim Gardner, Rev Halofan, Wayne (yeswecan) in the back, Blast21Dave in the front, Cupie in the blanket and Josh “Mayhem in the Hood” on the right. In the upper deck during the 2011 season.
Mayhem’s business card sez it all.