Adam Greenberg has faced one pitch in the major leagues, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and changed his life.
More than seven years later, the Miami Marlins are giving him a second chance.
The Marlins said Thursday that they have signed Greenberg to a one-day contract, effective Oct. 2, and will play him that day against the New York Mets. Greenberg made his big league debut for the Chicago Cubs on July 9, 2005 against the Marlins, getting one plate appearance but no official at-bat.
"Life's going to throw you curveballs - or fastballs in the back of your head," Greenberg said on a conference call Thursday morning. "I got hit by one of them. And it knocked me down and I could have stayed there. I had a choice ... and I chose to get up and get back in the box."
Greenberg to get 1-day chance with Marlins
Update Oct 2: Leading off in the sixth, Greenbeg fanned on three pitches. The Marlins won in extra innings. Despite the strikeout, he said he would never forget the roar from the crowd when he stepped in. He showed courage. We say 'hats off' to Adam Greenberg. Reduce it to bare essentials, and what else is life but courage......?