Cubs' Alec Mills On No-Hitter: 'Unforgettable'

Mills admitted he was "emotional" about all the support his teammates gave him.
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(670 The Score) In the aftermath of throwing a no-hitter in a win against the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, Cubs right-hander Alec Mills returned home and attempted to collect his thoughts.

"Just the gravity of everything (Sunday)," Mills said on the Dan Bernstein Show on Monday morning. "I sat on the couch last night when we got back, and I was like, 'What the heck just happened? What did I just do?' I think I told my wife those exact words, like, 'What did I just do?' It's just all been so surreal.

"I don't know how to explain it. Like I said, unforgettable."

Mills, 28, delivered the 16th no-hitter in Cubs history, part of a 12-0 victory against the Brewers in Miller Park. He struck out five and walked three.

Mills did his best to stay within the moment and keep focus on his personal task as the game moved along, he said. After celebrating the accomplishment with his Cubs teammates, Mills learned of many details that went into the day -- like outfielder Jason Heyward declining to be substituted out of the game for rest because he knew his defense could potentially help keep the no-hitter going.

"It actually kind of got me a little bit emotional," Mills said. "Just hearing something like that from him was special. The impact he's had on me ever since I got traded over (to the Cubs in 2017), the time he takes in his day every day to say 'hey' and make sure everybody's going good, the way he leads and sets an example on the field is something special.

"Hearing that from him was definitely something that I took to heart, and it definitely got to me a little bit."

Mills spoke to his father after the game as they savored the unlikely feat. Mills was a walk-on at the University of Tennessee-Martin before being drafted by the Royals in the 22nd round in 2012. He underwent Tommy John surgery a year later.

Mills joined the Cubs in a trade in early 2017 and was making just his 15th career start Sunday.

"A moment that I'll never forget," Mills said.