Since it was Mother's Day, several mothers of Padres players were on hand to throw out the first pitch of the game, including Robin Harang, Harang's mother.
But since Harang figured he would be taking his warmup tosses at the time when the first pitch occurred, he asked a teammate, catcher Kyle Phillips -- who like Aaron Harang is a San Diego native and knows Robin Harang -- to catch the ceremonial first pitch.
Jason Phillips, Kyle's older brother, was Harang's catcher at San Diego State, so the two families knew each other.
But Phillips never got the opportunity to catch the first pitch.
"I just happened to get done early," Harang said, "They hadn't thrown out first pitches yet, so I decided to go out and catch it. It just worked out that way. It wasn't something I was trying to do."
What was his mother's reaction?
"When I ran out there, it surprised her," said Harang, who got to pitch on Mother's Day for the first time in his career. "It choked her up a little bit."