Become the first San Diego Padres pitcher to throw a no-hitter, get your own mural.
Joe Musgrove, who made history last Friday against the Texas Rangers, was surprised this week by his family and local artists who adorned a wall of his former high school, Grossmont High School with a mural commemorating his accomplishment.
The Padres captured Musgrove’s reaction and posted it on Twitter. It’s pretty dope.
You literally could not have scripted the whole storyline any better. Local kid grows up in the San Diego area as a huge Padres fan. He idolizes Jake Peavy – so much so that when the Friars trade for him, he wears number 44 to pay homage to the former San Diego hurler.
It’s safe to say Musgrove has made quite the first impression on Padres fans. He’s made a pair of starts this season and is yet to allow a run or even walk a batter. He’s certainly held his own amidst the team’s star-studded rotation, that’s for sure.
Back to the mural, though. This thing is LEGIT.
Can you imagine going back to where you went to high school and seeing a mural of yourself as you walk up? I sure can’t. For a guy who pretty clearly loves where he comes from and where he calls home, this has to mean an awful lot – and with good reason.
Padres: Meet artists behind this Joe Musgrove masterpiece
The artists who painted the mural, GROUNDFLOORMURALS are based out of Chula Vista, CA and have a pretty amazing story of their own. They met a couple years ago and after losing their jobs due to the pandemic, began working on murals together. They’ve even done one dedicated to Padres legend Tony Gwynn – so they’re checking all kinds of boxes for us here.
It’s one thing to dream of growing up and being a big leaguer. But to not only live out that dream, but end up doing it while playing for your hometown team and then throwing a no-hitter to top it off? Things like this just don’t happen in today’s world. Unless you’re Joe Musgrove.