Update 8:32 p.m.: Adam Greenberg struck out on three pitches from Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. Greenberg was pinch-hitting for Marlins left fielder Bryan Petersen at the top of the order with the Marlins leading 2-0.
The Marlins Stadium public address system played Aerosmith's "Dream On" as Greenberg, wearing No. 10, walked up to the plate and took his place in the left-hand batter's box. He took a strike from Dickey, swung at and missed the second pitch and waved at a pitch around his chin for the third strike.
The crowd cheered loudly for him as he returned to the dugout, where his one-day-only teammates congratulated him and slapped the beaming ballplayer on the back.
MLB.com quickly posted video of the brief at-bat.
The world of baseball and its fans greeted the moment with a wave of warm-and-fuzzy tweets:
Original post: Adam Greenberg signed a one-day contract with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of taking a single at-bat in the night's game against the New York Mets.
Greenberg, now 31, was hit in the head by a pitch in his first and only Major League Baseball plate appearance, with the Chicago Cubs in
2005 and has not played in the majors since. A hit-by-pitch does not count as an official at-bat, so Greenberg technically has never batted in the major leagues.
He petitioned the Cubs to let him come back for one official at-bat with them, but team officials turned him down. The Marlins agreed last week to help Greenberg make his dream come true. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he plans to use him as a pinch-hitter in the middle of Tuesday night's game, perhaps in the pitcher's spot in the lineup, according to MLB.com.
"I'm ready to help the team," Greenberg said in a tweet on the Marlins' account. "The Marlins are an amazing organization. ... I couldn't be more thankful."
He was a Cub. 'Nuff said.
I hope that he doesn't get hit again.
ozzie is the man might have made a silly statement about castro but to me this thing here makes him a hero in my book!!!
We miss him dearly.
He is an interesting character; colorful as all get out.
Robin Ventura is great, don't get me wrong, but I love Ozzie.
Yes, the jerky boys were funny at one point....
It's an anti-semtic thing. It's the Cubs. Bravo to the Marlins for doing this for him. I hope the Mets throw one right down the middle, so he can get a hit, and be listed in the baseball encyclopedia with a 1.000 lifetime batting average. How cool would that be for him!!!!
Anti-semitic? Can you be any dumber? Greenberg was on the Cubs when he got hit. And, Theo Epstein is the current general manager. Or are you also postulating that the Cubs ordered the beaning and that Theo Epstein is a crypto-Nazi?
Best of luck to him.
I hope he hits a home run...
That would be cool, wouldn't it? What if they walk him, or he hits a sacrifice? Still no official AB; think Ozzie would leave him in for another chance?
Knowing the kind of person Ozzie is, I would say yes...he's never been one to shy away from controversy, lol.
And since it's a one *day* contract, and not a one *at bat* contract, I'd bet he would...he's that kind of guy.
Yep, I bet he would.
Ah, well, he got a chance at his dream, he went out smiling, AND got a hug from Ozzie...well done, I say!
(A homer would have been icing, but hey, he got his dream!)
Hey, thanks for the reblog!
Why didn't they just let the kid play the whole game? It's not like the Mets or the Marlins are going anywhere.
c'est un supeeeeeeeeeeeeer joueur, incroyable, magnifique, du jamais vu...
Starling Martes first at bat this year was a bit better.. He hit a home run of the first pitch of his career i believe.