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Baseball Player Whose Big League Career Ended On His First Pitch Will Finally Get A Second Chance
How’s your heart today? A little cold?
Well, maybe this will warm it up a bit: the only man in the history of Major League Baseball to have his career end on the first pitch of his first at-bat is getting a second chance.
Seven years ago, on July 9, 2005, a 24-year-old Chicago Cubs rookie named Adam Greenberg was tapped to hit for the pitcher by manager Dusty Baker. They were playing the Marlins, it was the top of the 9th inning, and the Cubs were up 4-2. It was the perfect spot for Greenberg to make his debut.
Unfortunately, the very first pitch from Marlins pitcher Valerio De Los Santos sailed up and inside, hitting Greenberg on the back of the head. The kid was replaced by a pinch runner and taken to the hospital.
For the next several years, Greenberg struggled with vertigo and blurred vision and, as a result, he never played in the Majors again. His baseball career lasted just one pitch.
However, this year one Cubs fan—a filmmaker named Matt Liston—decided that he wanted to change history. So he started the “One At Bat” campaign, calling for a Major League team to give the now-31-year-old Greenberg just one at-bat in the big leagues, thus, erasing his status as the answer to an obscure sports trivia question.
Now, finally, one team has answered the call. In fact, it’s the same team that ended his career back in 2005.
Today the general manager of the Marlins, David Samson, announced that Major League Baseball had given him permission to sign Greenberg to a one-day contract so that he can get his one at-bat.
It’ll come on Tuesday against the Mets. I know I’ll be watching…
Hat Tip – [ESPN]