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33 seconds was worth it for Adam Greenberg
- Updated: October 3, 2012
The highly anticipated “one at-bat” from Adam Greenberg lasted just 33 seconds and three pitches from the possible Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey.
The crowd erupted in the bottom of the 6th inning as they announced Greenberg’s name.
Greenberg was pitch hitting as expect from manager Guillen for Bryan Peterson.
The emotions, the adrenaline that were running through his veins could not be measured by anyone.
According to MLB.com Tom Green, “This is the start. This is realizing Day 1 of that dream I had seven years ago and had as a child,” Greenberg said minutes after signing his one-day contract with the Marlins.
“Right now, hopefully this is the start of my career in this game that I wanted as a kid. I feel like I’m going to show it, not in one at-bat, but this is the start of hopefully Part 2 of my career, and that’s what I’m most grateful for.”
The same team that almost ended his career gave him a shot back the majors last night.
Greenberg in 2005 was a member of the Chicago Cubs and was making his big league debut against the Marlins.
A 92-mph pitch to the head by former Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos led to Greenberg’s concussion and vision problems which he still suffers from today.
The fact that the Marlins were able to give Greenberg another shot shows a class act from the organization, which is basically playing for pride since there is no postseason after Wednesday night.
What does the future look like for Greenberg? Not so bright although it would be nice to see Greenberg be able to compete for a position this offseason.
Greenberg’s road to get back to the major league level was no easy task. He signed minor league contracts with the Royals and Dodgers, as well as, the Angles.
“[He was] a guy who was battling to get back to the big leagues like everybody was at Double-A, but his situation was unique,” said Justin Ruggiano, who was Greenberg’s teammate and road-trip roommate in 2006 with Double-A Jacksonville. “He was grinding extra hard that year.”
The Marlins will end their disappointing season on a positive note.
Will we see Greenberg again in the majors? Probably not, but nothing and it only takes one opportunity in baseball.