Former MLB Rookie Will Get His ‘One At-Bat’ on Tuesday [VIDEO]
In baseball, it isn't all about winning and losing, who's the better team, going to the games, or anything like that. While all of that is very important, it's about the love and dedication of the game. It's about second chances. It's about the heart that fans and players alike have for the game. Former Chicago Cub Adam Greenberg knows about all of that first hand.
In 2005, 24-year-old Greenberg was the newest member of the Chicago Cubs. He was about to have his first at-bat in the majors against the Florida Marlins. He had worked so hard to get there and was so excited to finally live out his dream. He stepped in the batter's box to face Marlins pitcher Valerio De Los Santos for what would be his first, and unknowingly last, at-bat for the Cubs.
The first pitch Santos threw nailed him in the head, leaving him with lifelong injuries and ending his career as a major league baseball player.
Matt Liston, who is a huge Cubs fan, remembers the incident. He took on the hard work and started the One At-Bat campaign earlier this season. The point of the campaign was for Adam Greenberg to get the at-bat he had taken away from him. He created a video which got national attention, and created a petition that received more than 25,000 signatures on it. Despite all of his hard work, nothing was happening because Major League Baseball does not allow one day contracts. Or, they didn't until now.
Adam and Matt sat down with Matt Lauer this morning on the Today Show to discuss the whole situation. Adam mentioned how he has been playing baseball in Israel for the World Classic, which they fell short of. He has not stopped playing, but just has not been able to play in the Majors. He is hitting and playing just as well, if not better, than he was seven years ago when the accident occurred.
Well Matt Lauer had a little bit of a surprise for Adam, and for Matt as well. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig agreed that for this special case, he will allow Greenberg to be signed to a one-day contract. Miami Marlins (formerly Florida Marlins) president David Samson joined the trio to announce the news. Greenberg will get one at-bat on Oct. 2 as a Miami Marlin. The game is the second to last game of the season and the Marlins are not going to the postseason, so his presence will not have a negative effect on the team.
He gets his second chance for his first at bat, ironically with the team who took his first at bat from him seven years ago.
Watch the video below put together by Matt Liston that brought Adam's situation to light. You even see the hit to the head that ended his career.
Here is the video of Matt and Adam on the 'Today Show.'