PITTSBURGH (AP) – As it turned out, this no-hitter came with a cup of joe.
Joe Musgrove, who had just posted the first no-no in the 52-year history of the San Diego Padres, found that his performance had a positive impact on his family as well.
The legal trader’s parents own and run a café in the Californian suburb of San Diego in Alpine. Padre’s fans have been flocking here since Musgrove threw his gem against the Texas Rangers in Arlington last Friday.
“It’s something that has been in the family for 20 years, a little driveway in a small town so they don’t usually do crazy business,” Musgrove said Tuesday.
“But the last few days have been some of the best days they’ve ever had. I really appreciate it when people help support their small business, “he said.
Musgrove will see some familiar faces on its first launch in history. He will play in Pittsburgh Wednesday night – last January he was transferred to his hometown of Padres after three seasons with the Pirates.
Musgrove threw 112 pitch against the Rangers and knocked out 10. Still, he says he is ready to face his old team both physically and mentally.
“I really did grind for the first few days (after the game) and felt pretty beaten up,” said Musgrove. “I didn’t sleep much for the first couple of nights. But I slept two good nights and I feel ready to go.
“It was really a cool moment and it’s worth taking some time to celebrate and enjoy. But I’m going to pass it and prepare for this start because it’s easy to sink and slide if you don’t stay prepared, “he said.
Musgrove joined the pirates in a January 2018 deal that sent Gerrit Cole to Houston. Musgrove, 28, bought a house in Pittsburgh – which he sold on Tuesday – and joined the city.
“I’ve really grown up with the city in the couple of years I’ve been here,” he said. “It’s a blue collar lifestyle and I feel like I settled in town pretty quickly because I approach the game and I hug the people.”
Injured pirate left-handed Steven Brault and Musgrove were teammates not only in Pittsburgh, but also at Grossmont High School in the San Diego area. Brault watched every pitch of his old friend’s no-hitter on television.
“Being in the history books and not just being on the hometown team, but throwing the first no-hitter is amazing,” said Brault. “I remember when I was a kid we went to games and people got close (a no-hitter) and it was a big deal for the fans.”
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