Remember Adam Greenberg? You Should [UPDATE – Adam Will Get Another At Bat]

There is a growing buzz about Adam Greenberg, who?  I’m sure that’s what you are thinking as Adam Greenberg is not a house hold major league name, but it’s someone who many Cubs fans remember.  We mostly remember him for his tough to swallow story, now that story is being brought back into the light thanks to, here’s a recap of Adam’s story via One at Bat…

On July 9, 2005, Adam Greenberg was about to have his lifelong dream of playing Major League baseball come true. The Chicago Cubs called him up from the minors and in the 9th inning, in a game against the Florida Marlins, he got the call to pinch hit. On the very first pitch from Valerido de los Santos, Greenberg was struck in the back of the head by a 92-mile-per-hour fastball. He suffered a concussion and was immediately removed from the game.

Adam was sent down to the minors for a rehab assignment, but struggled with severe vertigo and other symptoms of post concussion syndrome. Adam’s career and life were put on hold for a year and a half. Since then, Adam has played for several minor and independent league clubs trying to get a second chance in the Major Leagues.

Of the almost 17,500 people to play in Major League baseball, Adam Greenberg is the only player to have his career end on the very first pitch. In fact, according to Major League rules, Adam’s debut only counts as a plate appearance, not an official at bat.

 What is One at Bat?

Liston-Greenberg – OTL from Triple Threat TV on Vimeo.

Players Offer At Bat from Triple Threat TV on Vimeo.

I remember that game like it was yesterday, Matt Murton was also called up to make his Major League debut that same day.  The folks over at One at Bat have a simple goal, to get Adam Greenberg the official at bat he deserves.  There is a petition on the website that you can sign to help the cause and spread the word.  I admire the effort, and it’s a story that should be told.  As you will see in the video the dream scenario would be to have Adam get that at bat with the team he made his debut with, the Cubs.

Paul Sullivan did some digging yesterday, and was able to get an updated comment from Hoyer, which puts to bed the thought of Greenberg coming back to the Cubs for one at bat.


“Adam made the big leagues based on merit in 2005,” Hoyer said in an email. “While it is unfortunate he got hit in his first at-bat, he is in the Baseball Encyclopedia as a major leaguer and he should be incredibly proud of that. We wish him the best, but there are no plans to add him to the roster now or in the future.”

Greenberg Responds:

“Would they just throw me out there? No,” he said. “Would they bring back Roger Clemens for just one game to delay his Hall of Fame vote? Yes. There’s no difference, though, as a publicity stunt.”

I really hope Adam get back to the big leagues, he was and will always be recognized as a major league ballplayer, his career was just the shortest ever.  Best of luck Adam!  Please head over to to sign the petition and show your support!

[UPDATE]  Per this article, Adam Greenberg will indeed get another at bat with the Marlins.  Good for him, it’s amazing what someone’s passion can turn into, congrats to Adam and for making it happen.


Thanks for reading,
– George