PHILADELPHIA -- Darin Ruf had about 50 text messages on his phone following Tuesday's memorable debut at Citizens Bank Park, where he homered in the second inning for his first big league hit in his first big league start.
He talked to his family in Nebraska after the game.
Ruf said they were at dinner for his brother C.J.'s birthday. His father, Bill, had DVR'd the game, so he told everybody to keep quiet until he could go home and watch the game in the quiet. But Ruf's sisters Khrista and Amy kept getting text messages telling them Ruf had homered.
They couldn't contain themselves.
"I can't keep it in any longer! Darin hit a home run!" one of his sisters announced to the table.
"My dad was like, 'No! You're not supposed to say that,'" Darin recalled with a chuckle.
Ruf was back in the lineup Wednesday, playing left field and hitting seventh.