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.

NATS NEWS

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.

1 Comment

This is a very nice story. It is nice to see him not give up on his dream. He also didn't get tossed a softball to hit. Instead, he had one of the MLB's best pitchers through hard against him. Even though he struck out, he was still very happy to have the opportunity. Also, did you know that he is donating all of the money he was paid for his 1-at-bat contract to brain trauma charity?

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