MILWAUKEE -- Chris Rusin will need some more display space at home after his Major League debut Tuesday. The Cubs pitcher had souvenir balls from his first strikeout, first hit and first game, plus other tokens from the game, a 5-2 loss to the Brewers.
Rusin had a huge cheering section as about 40 family members and friends made the seven-hour drive from Michigan to Milwaukee.
"There were people I didn't even know who showed up," Rusin said Wednesday. "They're crazy. They did the same thing [for his starts at Triple-A Iowa]. They'd drive nine hours and the next morning, they'd be out."
Rusin's mother was crying after the game, but they were tears of joy.
"She was an emotional wreck," the lefty said. "It made her happy. They're proud of me. I expected her to cry."
What's next for Rusin? He's not sure. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the club will address the roster Friday. Right now, the Cubs have six starting pitchers. For Rusin, he's still a little numb.
"I don't think it's set in," said the lefty, who gave up one run on one hit over five innings. "It'll take awhile. I'm trying to do the same thing I've been doing all year and not think too much about it."