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Seven Years Later, Adam Greenberg Got His One At-Bat (Video)
It took seven years, a lot of hard work, a dedicated fan, and a baseball team eliminated from the post season and looking for a gimmick to sell a few more tickets, but last night Adam Greenberg finally got his one at-bat in the Major Leagues.
We told you about Greenberg last week. On July 9, 2005, as a 24-year-old rookie on the Chicago Cubs, manager Dusty Baker told him to head to the plate for his first major league at-bat. However, what should have been the most exciting moment of his life quickly turned tragic. The first pitch Greenberg saw hit him in the head, and the lingering effects of that pitch—blurred vision and dizziness—put an end to his major league career…until now.
Earlier this season a Cubs fan started a campaign called “One At Bat,” which was aimed at getting Greenberg that one Big League at-bat of which he was so cruelly deprived. And last night, the Miami Marlins gave him that at-bat.
Was it just a publicity stunt for the Marlins? Of course it was. But it was still pretty awesome.
So how did he do?
Well, unfortunately, Greenberg had to face a guy who just may win the Cy Young Award this year, and who happens to lead the National League in strikeouts. That would be New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. So, yeah, he struck out on three pitches.
But that didn’t really matter. The fans gave Greenberg a huge ovation, and the guy was grinning ear to ear when he returned to the dugout and received high fives from all his teammates.
Check it out: