MILWAUKEE — There’s no need to place more pressure on Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie Jackson Chourio.

An eight-year, $82 million contract before you’ve played an inning in the majors speaks volumes.

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio arrives prior to a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, March 21, 2024, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Still, there’s little denying that Tuesday’s home opener marked the start of the outfielder being a key cog to the Brewers’ future.

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio smiled and admitted that a franchise like the Brewers has to take “measured risks” when I asked him about his reaction to Chourio’s contract.

Attanasio said it’s important that Brewers fans can watch Chourio develop.

Through an interpreter, Chourio said that the contract is just part of the “blessing” of being with the Brewers. He said the organization has always supported him and he can “just go out and perform.”

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio signs autographs following a news conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. Chourio agreed to the largest contract for a player with no major league experience, an $82 million, eight-year deal with the Brewers. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Chourio said he is very aware of the example that he’s setting for youngsters in his native Venezuela.

He said he already feels “at home” in Milwaukee.

The Brewers hope he marks the start of a new, fun and successful era.