The San Diego Padres have built a team that is capable of competing for a championship, adding two frontline starters in Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove during the last few seasons. A San Diego native, Musgrove has really stepped on the proverbial gas in the last few years.
Musgrove has posted a 3.06 ERA in his two seasons with the Padres, culminating in a storybook 2022 season where he posted a 2.93 ERA, earned a big contract extension, and helped the Padres upset a loaded Dodgers team to make it to the NLCS in stunning fashion.
Rather than rest on his laurels, Musgrove is kicking off the offseason by doing something that very few athletes have ever done. Musgrove is heading to Antarctica, and he’s doing so with the goal of doing something that no one has ever completed before.
Musgrove is going to set a world record for the fastest pitch ever thrown on the continent, doing so to raise awareness for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Musgrove will take three athletes with physical disabilities along with him as he makes history.
Padres SP Joe Musgrove will set a world record in Antarctica.
“I’m so inspired by the CAF athletes that will be joining us on this journey and all athletes that face their challenges without limitations,” Musgrove said. “We look forward to raising awareness of their stories and CAF while appreciating all the natural beauty we are going to encounter.”
One of the athletes joining Musgrove on this journey is Landon Sims, who is playing varsity high school baseball despite being born without hands or feet. The documentary “Landis Just Watch Me” details the bond between the two and the obstacles Sims has overcome.
Also linking up with Musgrove are Roderick Sewell, who became the first double amputee above the knee to finish an Ironman World Championship, and Justin Phongsavanh, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the javelin throw.
The determination and grit these athletes have shown are nothing short of awe-inspiring, and what Musgrove is doing shines a light on their efforts.
Very few players on this Padres team have hit as many proverbial home runs as Musgrove has. Not only is he fresh off one of the best seasons of his career, but he’s about to etch his name in the world record books. Padres fans can follow his journey over at JoinJoeMusgrove.com.