Adam Greenberg, who first appeared with the Chicago Cubs on his first major-league game in 2005, was injured by a speeding 92 MPH fastball thrown by an expert pitcher of the opposing team. However, seven years later this year, he recovered and may primarily have a second chance. The Miami Marlins had him sign a contract as he played against the New York Mets on Oct 2.
It was the Miami Marlin’s pitcher Valerio De Los Santos, who hit Greenberg on his right ear when the player was still a rookie seven years ago.
Adam Greenberg was touched by the gesture and stated that nobody owes him anything. He says that he knew the risks the sport had and he paid for it gladly, knowing his injuries might not spare him a next game. But during his recovery and his temporary re-instatement with the Marlins, he stated his thanks to everyone who wanted him to be still in the game.
David Samson, the president of the Miami Marlins, stated that they remembered the incident and they see that Greenberg deserved to have a second chance at the bat.
The “One At-Bat” website and a petition helped get Greenberg help for medical expenses through Cubs fans Matt Liston’s efforts in getting support for the fallen baseball player and have him have a second chance at playing baseball.
When asked about being the first baseball player to be hit by a ball since 1955, he replied that it was the happiest and greatest moment in his life and it was also the worst thing that happened to him all the same time.