No-No Joe Musgrove wants a championship for his hometown of Padres

San Diego (AFP) – Joe Musgrove took a moment away from the chaos of the club’s celebration after the San Diego Padres sealed a place in a playoff to reflect where and where he wanted his career.

The big right-hander will be forever remembered as the hometown kid who threw the first hitter in franchise history, on his second start with the Padres. He made his first All-Star Game this year and then signed a $100 million five-year contract.

Musgrove helped the Padres snatch a wild card spot in the NL, only the seventh in the franchise’s memorable 54-year history. His ultimate goal is to win another World Championship ring which he may consider more legitimate than the one he won with the Houston Astros in 2017.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been in this place,” said Musgrove, who grew up cheering for Padres and his favorite player, 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy, who is now wearing No. 44. “It’s crazy how it all worked out. I ended up here again in a year where we have a team like we have to get this far.”

The no-hitter in Texas on April 9, 2021 polished his name in the franchise tradition and made him darling in the long-suffering fan base. He also got a free beer for life from Ballast Point Brewing Co. and its own beer, Resident Brewing’s No-No Joe Double IPA, which was in abundance during the club’s celebration on Sunday.

“After the knockout, that moment was huge for me, for the city and for everyone else, but it’s not what I want to remember,” Musgrove said. “I want to be one of the guys that helps bring a championship to the city, especially my hometown.”

Musgrove’s baseball journey has been complete since he landed at Grossmont High in a suburb of El Cajon, where his parents, Mark and Diane still live.

Musgrove went to three other organizations before he got to the Padres. Before he could start his career, he had to mature faster than most high school kids after his father developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that left him paralyzed for months.

Then Musgrove, a sophomore in high school, and his siblings would take turns spending long days and nights in Mark’s bed in the hospital and then in a nursing home. It got to the point where Mark and Joe had conversations about what would have been expected of the son if the father hadn’t done it.

That’s when baseball became a sharp focus.

“The only thing that offered Joe a hold was to go to baseball practice and he would tell me, ‘No, Dad, I’m going to stay here,’ and I said, ‘No, Joe, you have to turn away and get out,'” said Mark Musgrove, who was a policeman in San Diego and nearby National City. , then a private investigator, whatever’s going to happen is going to happen whether you’re here or not. He trained and I think he found a lot of solitude and a lot of psychological comfort and emotional comfort by going there.”

The time I spent away from the hospital was really helpful.

“It kind of showed me what baseball has been for me in my life,” said Joe Musgrove. “I always enjoyed it and loved it because I was so good at it but I didn’t really understand what part of my life it was really for her. It was all the joy I had.”

Six months passed before it became clear from the Musgrove family how Mark’s recovery would be. Money was shrinking and Joe was considering getting a job to help out.

His father said no.

“He kept pushing me toward baseball because he was seeing the potential that I had,” Musgrove said. “We didn’t know it would look like this but what could happen could be something similar.”

Musgrove signed a letter of intent to play with Tony Gwen at San Diego State. But after the Toronto Blue Jays took him with the 46th pick in the 2011 draft, he signed a $500,000 bonus. This allowed him to help with family expenses and buy back his parents’ home from a family friend who had stepped in to help them avoid foreclosure.

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