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Congratulations to Morris' Billy Petrick, who made his major league debut Wednesday afternoon in the Cub's 6-4 win over Colorado. Petrick was called up earlier in the week from Double-A Tennessee.

Petrick pitched better than his stats indicate. He went 1.2 innings, allowed 2 runs on a hit and a walk. The hit was a home run by Garrett Atkins, which also scored the man he walked, Kaz Matsui.

It had to be a nice moment for Petrick, who exited the game following that home run, as he received a standing ovation while heading to the dugout. The fans must have been thinking back to the previous inning when Petrick retired the Rockies in order, including the last two on strikeouts.

"I wanted to scream after I struck that last guy out," Petrick said in Paul Sullivan's Chicago Tribune story. "It was an awesome feeling."

I had the chance to call several of Petrick's games when he pitched at Morris High School (he graduated in 2002). Although it's hard to predict if, or when, a high school player will make the jump to the big leagues, there was no doubt from watching Petrick that he was certainly going to have a great opportunity.

He's a good kid, too.

So, best of luck, and continued success, Billy. I'm certainly not going to become a Cubs fan all of a sudden...but I'll be watching a little more often.

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