EL CAJON, Calif. — Another honor was unveiled Wednesday for the hometown hero Joe Musgrove, an El Cajon native who last week became the first San Diego Padres pitcher in team history to throw a no-hitter.
Team and school district officials gathered to show off the new mural at Musgrove’s East County alma mater, Grossmont High School. The work memorializing the right-hander’s April 9 masterpiece against the Texas Rangers was created by artists Paul Jimenez and Signe Ditona of Ground Floor Murals.
Team officials didn’t waste any time putting in a call to commission the piece: They started the wheels in motion within a couple hours of the game wrapping up, getting the school on board and giving Jimenez and Ditona a chance to start selecting their paints and gathering materials that night.
The permitting process ended up delaying the piece’s creation slightly but it was done by early this week. Standing about 25 feet high along a wall near the campus administration building, the muralists told FOX 5 creating the painting was an all-day affair, but a labor of love.
“We started at 9 a.m. and we worked until, like, 2:30 a.m. We stayed here for a long time,” Jimenez said. “We went home for about four hours to sleep and then we came back in the morning because we knew, ‘The sooner, the better.’ We wanted this moment to be encapsulated right away.”
“It’s work but it definitely doesn’t feel like work,” he told FOX 5.
The piece depicts Musgrove’s “roar” after the final out was made. “Not only is it the expression in his face, but his body language too — there’s power in that,” Ditona said.
The school’s principal, Dan Barnes, and other Grossmont Unified administrators joined the artists and team representatives for Wednesday’s unveiling. FOX 5 was on hand, and you can watch more from the event in the video player above.