Morris realizes his dream in debut

Morris realizes his dream in debut

Morris realizes his dream in debut
CHICAGO -- Bryan Morris was well aware of his surroundings walking into the Wrigley Field visitors' clubhouse on Friday morning.

"I walked through the hallway and all I could think about was all the legends that have been through the same hall," the young Pirates right-hander said. "It gets to me a little bit, because it's what I've been working for my whole life."

Morris did one better than walk those halls on Friday -- he also stepped on the mound. He worked a perfect eighth inning in his Major League debut in the Pirates' 7-4 loss to the Cubs.

"Your first big league game, to go up and get three up, three down, that's one of the sweet parts of bittersweet," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said following the loss. "For him to break in the big leagues, that's a culmination of a lifelong dream -- and there's a lot of people tied to that."

Morris, 25, got Luis Valbuena to ground out to first, Anthony Rizzo to fly out to center and Alfonso Soriano to ground out to short. Morris, the Pirates' No. 13 prospect according to MLB.com, said he wasn't nervous after retiring Valbuena.

A former first-round pick of the Dodgers in 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Morris was traded to the Pirates in 2008. He joined Pittsburgh on June 24 of this season, but was optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis the following day without appearing in a game.

He finally got his chance on Friday.

"Very excited about being here," Morris said. "This has been my dream, and to be able to make my debut in a place like this, [I'm] kind of at a loss for words.