Adam Greenberg's One At-Bat
This is hands-down the most heart-warming story in Major League Baseball this year. It begins in 2005, when Adam Greenberg was called up by the Chicago Cubs to make his MLB debut. Greenberg's first MLB at-bat came as a pinch-hitter against Valerio De Los Santos of the Florida Marlins. On the very first pitch of that fateful at-bat, Greenberg was drilled in the head by a 92 mph fastball.
He was immediately replaced by a pinch-runner and subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list. This was the beginning of a very painful and extensive rehab process. Greenberg suffered from excruciating headaches, vertigo and nausea. He was forced to sleep in a vertical position for weeks and still to this day, suffers from positional vertigo. He bounced around several minor league teams before being relegated to the Independent league for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
As it became more and more apparent that Greenberg would not make it back to the Majors on his own, a movement was started to get him one more major-league at-bat. Film-maker Matt Liston took it upon himself to start the "One At-Bat For Adam" campaign. He talked to MLB coaches, players and executives - lobbying them to give Adam one more chance. The Florida Marlins eventually stepped up and gave Adam a one-day contract worth $2,623. That money will be donated to an organization that researches brain trauma in athletes.
Tonight, Adam realized his dream of returning to Major League Baseball. Enjoy:
Courtesy of MLB.com