I never knew about this, until today.
Back on July 9, 2005, the Chicago Cubs’ Adam Greenberg got hit in the head with a pitch by Valerio De Los Santos of the then Florida Marlins. The trainers ran out, and Greenberg had a concussion. Walks and errors by fielders don’t count as at-bats, so he didn’t get an official at bat that day. But Greenberg wanted to have an at-bat. So he signed a one at-bat contract and he used it on Tuesday. The only stumbling block was that he was facing Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey. He struck out. But in a post-game press conference, he said he wanted a jersey with a number on it. He didn’t need a homer, of course. But if he got a hit, that hit would be very important to baseball history.
PHLLIES @ NATS
WSH 4 PHI 2
WASHINGTON> PITCHING> GORZELANNY/GONZALEZ GIO GONZALEZ WAS SCRATCHED FROM TUESDAY’S START BECAUSE HE’LL TAKE THE MOUND ON GAME 1 OF THE NLDS.
WASHINGTON>OFFENSE>LAROCHE ADAM REACHED 100 RBI WITH A HOME RUN LAST NIGHT.
PHILADELPHIA>OFFENSE>RUF> SECOND CAREER HR OFF TOM GORZELANNY.