Don Orsillo reveals Joe Musgrove’s no-hitter is his favorite Padres moment ever
On the one-year anniversary of Joe Musgrove throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history, beloved play-by-play icon Don Orsillo revealed that it’s also his favorite moment as a part of the San Diego Padres organization.
It’s an excellent choice for a favorite moment by Orsillo for several reasons.
A Massachusetts native whose family moved to Southern California when he was in high school, Orsillo worked in minor league booths before becoming the voice of the Boston Red Sox from 2001-15. After Dick Enberg retired in 2016, Orsillo replaced him in the Padres’ booth.
Over his storied career, Orsillo has called several incredible games, including three Sox no-hitters by Hideo Nomo, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. So this wasn’t Orsillo’s first no-hitter, but it was his first with the Padres and their first-ever.
Musgrove’s no-hitter carried deep personal meaning for the pitcher, as he grew up rooting for the Padres in the suburbs of San Diego. His father became a fan at the team’s inception in 1969 and often took his son to games.
The Padres had thrown 30 one-hitters before Musgrove’s no-hitter, coming painfully close, but never keeping the hit column at zero.
It’s almost as if San Diego was waiting for one of their own to get the job done.
How can you not be romantic about baseball?