Seven years after one pitch changed his life, Adam Greenberg was given a second chance.
But for Greenberg, Tuesday didn't mark the actualization of a dream seven years in the making. It marked the start of what he hopes is another opportunity to achieve a bigger, lifelong goal.
"This is the start. This is realizing Day 1 of that dream I had seven years ago and had as a child," Greenberg said minutes after signing his one-day contract with the Marlins. "Right now, hopefully this is the start of my career in this game that I wanted as a kid. I feel like I'm going to show it, not in one at-bat, but this is the start of hopefully Part 2 of my career, and that's what I'm most grateful for."
Greenberg, 31, made his big league debut with the Cubs on July 9, 2005, against the Marlins in South Florida. But in his only plate appearance, he was hit in the back of the head by the first pitch he saw -- a 92 mph fastball from Valerio de los Santos.
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