Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Do You Know What I Like??

Adam Greenberg.

Back on July 9th, 2005, Adam Greenberg made his Major League Baseball debut as a pinch hitter for the Chicago Cubs.  They were playing the Florida Marlins, and he found himself facing Marlin pitcher Valerio de los Santos.

The very 1st pitch Greenberg faced was a 92-mile-an-hour fastball that unfortunately came in a little too high and tight.  The ball hit Greenberg on the side of the head, and gave him a concussion that removed him from the game and derailed his baseball career.

In the years that have followed, Greenberg has dealt with post-concussion syndrome, vision problems, and constant headaches. After two years of getting healthy, he started working his way back into the game.  Over the last 5 years he has found himself on a list of minor and independent leagues to numerous to mention, and even in the World Baseball Classic playing for Isreal.  Throughout the entire 7 years since that fateful day in July 2005, he has not given up on his dream to major league ball.  Apparently someone out there recognized Greenberg's determination and decided to give him a little help.

An online petition called "One At Bat" was started earlier this summer where the aim was to give Greenberg one more shot at the plate in a major league game.  The Marlins took notice of the petition and wanted to help.  The Marlins offered Greenberg a "one-day" contract to help make his dream come true.

Last night during the 6th inning of the Mets-Marlns match up, Greenberg got his chance.  The crowd went to its feet and gave Greenberg a cheer to recognize his determination and attitude.  It wasn't going to be a cake-walk though.  He was facing the Mets 20-Win hurler - D.A. Dickey.

Its pretty neat to watch.  Click on the video below to check it out.



While you might be thinking it was a bummer he didn't get the big dream hit, you have to applaud him for never giving up and finally getting another chance  Here's to him, and the hope that another major league team will offer him a contract next year.  Nice job.

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