July 9, 2005, a man by the name of Adam Greenberg realized his dream and made his major league debut. He was called on by manager Dusty Baker to pinch hit in the 9th inning in Florida against the Marlins. The scrappy lefty settles into the box against Marlin’s pitcher Valerido de los Santos. First pitch is a 92 MPH fastball…bang…right off Greenberg’s head. He immediately went to the ground holding his head as the fastball hit hard enough to knock his helmet clean off. He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion. For the next year and a half he suffered from blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, and many other post-concussion syndromes, causing his baseball career to be put on hold. Since then he has played for several minor league teams and independent ball. He recently played sparingly for team Israel in the WBC qualifying tournament, but at age 31, no franchise will give Greenberg a realistic shot at making a team.
That is until a filmmaker and huge baseball fan created a campaign for Greenberg called One At Bat. He started a website, petition, made t-shirts and posters, and created a 5 minute video to spread the word. The goal was to get Greenberg a shot with the Cubs again, but ultimately, make Greenberg’s career last longer than just one pitch. Well…he succeeded. Greenberg was not signed by the Cubs, but the team on the other side of the lines on that night Greenberg realized his dream of playing big league ball, and immediately had his dream ripped away, has signed him. Yes, the Miami Marlins have signed Greenberg to a one day contract. He will be given a pinch hit at-bat in the Marlin game next Tuesday, October 2nd against the Mets and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Whether he strikes out, walks, gets a base hit, or takes one deep, it does not matter, because 7 years, 2 months, and 24 days after Greenberg’s career both began and ended, he gets to realize his dream one more time.