The final moments of Joe Musgrove’s no-hitter played on TV and computer screens across the country Friday night. The chopped ground ball for the final out, the Padres mobbing the hometown hero who'd just thrown San Diego’s first no-hitter.
Over in Pittsburgh, Cubs manager David Ross focused in on catcher victor Caratini’s expression.
“Super happy for him,” Ross said Saturday, before managing a game against the Pirates. “I saw the emotion on his face jumping up and hugging Joe.”
Caratini was part of Musgrove’s historic moment Friday, but he also made history of his own. Caratini had caught the last no-hitter in Major League Baseball, thrown by Alec Mills in a 12-0 Cubs victory against the Brewers in September. So, on Friday, Caratini became the first MLB catcher to receive consecutive no-hitters for different teams.
Mills posted to Twitter: So fun to watch @ItsbuccnJoe59 finish that think off! No coincidence @VictorCaratini was behind the plate. Pumped for you both!
Ross, a former backstop himself, knew how special catching any no-hitter felt. He texted Caratini, congratulating the player the Cubs traded to San Diego this winter with ace Yu Darvish.
“He’s awesome,” Cubs second baseman David Bote said before the reporter had finished the question about the no-hitter. “Victor’s awesome. He’s such a great guy.”
Caratini’s off to strong start in San Diego. In addition to catching the club’s first no-hitter, Caratini is 5-for-16 (.313) at the plate, with a home run and seven RBI.