One at-bat can mean the world.
Seven years ago, Adam Greenberg was hit in the head with a pitch in his only at-bat in the majors. On Tuesday, amazingly, he will step into the batter's box one more time.
In one at-bat, a player can fail, succeed or transcend the sport. For Greenberg, his one shot seven years ago came down to one pitch, an errant throw from then-Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos that dropped him to the ground.
According to CBS Sports, Greenberg will finally get another shot at his dream.
Back on July 9, 2005, a stocky outfielder named Adam Greenberg was called upon by then-Cubs skipper Dusty Baker to pinch-hit.
Imagine the nerves when a legend of the game points in your direction and tells you to grab a bat. Greenberg must have floated into the batter's box, making it almost amazing that he had the wits to try to duck from a pitch coming toward his head.
While he attempted to get out of the way of the fastball, the pitch found the back of his head, the thud resounding throughout the stadium.
He would go on to suffer headaches, vertigo and other ramifications from the head trauma, according to ESPN.
Greenberg had reached the majors, but his stint was relegated to one pitch not many could have avoided—hardly even the cup of coffee to the bigs others are afforded.
His tale found Matt Liston, who was determined to get Greenberg just one at-bat, and it seems to have worked. Here is a video documenting his "One At Bat" movement:
Life doesn't always give you one more shot, especially when fate seems to have other ideas. For Adam Greenberg, he will get another go in a sport he remains so passionate about.
Perhaps to breathe some goodwill into the new Marlins Park after an abysmal season—or perhaps to make good on some bad karma left over from seven years prior—the Miami team will offer Greenberg a one-day contract and the one at-bat he always hoped to get.
Owner Jeffrey Loria had this to say about the Oct. 4 game:
I'm extremely proud to extend this opportunity to Adam. He has earned this chance as his love and passion for the game never diminished, despite his career tragically being cut short. I look forward to seeing Adam step up to the plate and realizing his comeback dream next Tuesday.
While Greenberg carries a lifetime OBP of 1.000, I would look for him to swing from the heels, making the most of his second chance.
He will most likely step in against the Mets' R.A. Dickey, a mammoth challenge that Greenberg will no doubt be ready for.
One of the best parts is he will donate his one-day salary to the Sports Legacy Institute, an organization that advances the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes.
A tragic pitch may have had Greenberg looking back at what might have been all these years. At least now he gets a chance to look forward with glorious anticipation.
One at-bat can certainly mean the world.
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