Marlins Top Mets In Extras, Adam Greenberg Returns To Chase MLB Dream [VIDEO]
There was a feel-good storyline within what was an otherwise meaningless game between the Mets and Marlins on Tuesday night in Miami, as each team staggers through the conclusion of its own losing season.
It wasn't that Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey failed to earn his 21st win of the season, or that the Mets rallied with three runs in the eighth to force extras, or that the fish won with an 11th inning Donovan Solano walk-off single that scored Jose Reyes for the 4-3 victory.
It was Adam Greenberg.
Greenberg, who last week signed a one-day contract with the Marlins, was introduced as a pinch-hitter to a standing ovation as the song 'Dream On' blasted from the speakers. He took a strike, swung and missed the next two and exited the field to another standing ovation.
It was significant not because it was the 31-year-old's second major league at-bat, but because seven years ago Greenberg was hit in the head with a pitch in first ever trip to a big league batter's box.
In his MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs - ironically, against the then-Florida Marlins - Greenberg was hit in the back of the head with a 92 mph fastball. It left him with a concussion, battling bouts of dizziness and double vision, among other things.
But, as you can see on this recent segment of The Today Show, he's continued to chase his dream - playing minor league ball including a stint in Israel - and with the help of several fans, got a one-day deal with the fish.
So, Greenberg got his at-bat and, while he struck out, took another step toward his dream of being a full-time Major League ball player. While his contract is officially over, it will be interesting to see if she gets another shot in the bigs.
In cast you were wondering, Greenberg's one-day deal was reportedly worth about $2,200.