The goose that stole the show in Game 2 at Dodgers Stadium got its own mural Friday in Chula Vista.
Padres fan and muralist Paul Jimenez painted the mural near his Manny Machado mural on Third Avenue.
“We joked about it online and I joked every time something happened, it’s always a joke that Ground Floor Murals is going to paint like Emma Stone in a Padres jacket,” said Jimenez of Ground floor murals. “I wanted to paint this, I love painting animals and it was cool that it was a padre meme associated with animals.”
You may recognize the work of Ground Floor Murals as they have other artwork honoring the Padres around San Diego, such as ‘No No’ Joe Musgrove at his alma mater, Grossmont High School, in East San Diego County.
Jimenez, also born and raised in San Diego, tells NBC 7 they have an understanding with the owner to paint the building early Thursday morning.
“This one was totally on a whim. I just wanted to give something, have San Diego wake up to something funny and fun,” he said.
The goose became a viral sensation after appearing in the game. On the Friday before Game 3, San Diego police joined the fun with a Facebook post asking for help looking for a goose that might be migrating south for the winter and by Photoshopping a goose wearing a Padres cap in front of a police car at Petco. Park.
Just before the game on Friday, quite a few people made their way to the mural to take pictures before the game.
Paul Sierra, a Padres fan, was one of the many fans who stopped by.
“I follow Ground Floor Murals on Instagram and I saw they were posting this so I thought this was funny and cool so I decided to check it out,” he said.
On Friday night, the Padres played their first playoff game since 2006 at Petco Park with fans in attendance. From first pitch to last pitch, Friar Faithful released 16 years worth of frustration in a 2-1 victory that put San Diego on the brink of history.
San Diego is one win away from sending their longtime tormentors off the 5 Freeway and they have the right guy on the hill to do it. Joe Musgrove will start Saturday night, trying to get his hometown team into the National League Championship Series for the first time since 1998.
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