Ranch & Coast Magazine

October 2022

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They're names you know well from the worlds of sports, news, television, and the arts. They're also real San Diegans who, like the rest of us, have their own favorites when it comes to where they eat, play, entertain, and de-stress. Compare notes with Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders, NBC 7 San Diego meteorologist Dagmar Midcap, and San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare to see how their lists stack up to your own, and who knows? You just might bump into them the next time you're out. BY DEANNA MURPHY & MIA PARK Local Insight Ranch & Coast: What's your favorite way to spend a day off in San Diego? Joe Musgrove: Paddle boarding on Mission Bay. R&C: What's your go-to local restaurant? JM: OB Noodle House Bar 1502. R&C: As a native San Diegan, are there any traditions you enjoy that tie to your hometown? JM: Growing up, all the way through high school, I went to the Over- the-Line tournament. I hadn't been in the last ten years, but this year's tournament fell during a series where we were at home with a night game, so I went over in the morning and watched. That, and the Del Mar Fair is a big one. When I was a kid, I went to a performing arts school and we used to do acting, theater, tap dance, all that stuff, so we actually performed at the Del Mar Fair a couple times. More recently, we just go for the attractions and the good food. R&C: Tell us about your connection with Challenged Athletes Foundation. JM: A friend of mine, Eric, is a filmmaker. He hit me up about this kid he had been working with, [CAF athlete] Landis Sims, making a film about his life and his journey to play high school baseball. We brought him out to San Diego, and I worked with him for an hour or two and I was blown away by not only his ability with the limitations he had with not having hands and feet, but his attitude, his personality, the liveliness he brings to the room and the people around him. Getting to meet some of the other athletes and doing some of the events and seeing how impactful Challenged Athletes Foundation has been for all the people that were either born with these disabilities or were once your everyday athlete and had a tragic accident that put them in this situation…I really fell in love with that organization. As the only pitcher to toss a no-hitter in San Diego Padres history, and just months after his 2021 acquisition, San Diego native Joe Musgrove instantly endeared himself to the Friar Faithful — and earned an added bonus of a lifetime supply of beer from Ballast Point Brewing and a mural in his honor painted at his alma mater, Grossmont High School. Following it up with an All-Star appearance this year and a contract extension through 2027, Musgrove will remain a fixture both on and off the field, as his contributions to San Diego extend far beyond the magic he makes in uniform. Joe Musgrove

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