Last week I blogged about a grass-roots effort to get a baseball player named Adam Greenberg an at-bat in the majors. Greenberg did make the majors once, back in 2005, but was hit in the head by the very first pitch he faced, never to return.
I wrote a chapter about Greenberg (called “Once-Hit Wonder”) in the forthcoming book Jewish Jocks . I hope the book goes to a second printing, because his story already needs an update. Next week, Greenberg is scheduled to get another chance to hit in the majors. The Miami Marlins — the team Greenberg that faced in his 2005 at-bat, when he was with the Cubs — has signed him to a one-day contract. He is set to play for the Marlins on Tuesday, when they face the Mets and pitcher R.A. Dickey (a knuckleballer!). ESPN has good coverage.
Who knows, maybe Greenberg will hit a rocket in his first at-bat and win his way back into the big leagues.
In the forthcoming book Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame, edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy, I wrote a chapter about Adam Greenberg, a baseball player whose first Major League at-bat ended in tragedy. There is now a movement afoot, called One At Bat (more here), to take the edge off that tragedy, but so far it has been unsuccessful. There’s a petition to sign if you’re so inclined.