MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 24: Adam Greenberg #66 of the Chicago Cubs poses during Spring Training Photo Day at Fitch Park on February 24, 2006 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Adam Greenberg
Adam Greenberg’s major league baseball dream came true on July 9, 2005 and ended moments later when he was hit in the head by a 92 per mile per hour pitch.
Now there is a national push for the Guilford native, now Branford resident, to have another major league at bat for the local man who captured national headlines.
The day every ball player dreams of came true for Greenberg when the Chicago Cubs brought him up from the minor leagues.
His parents had made the trip from Guilford to Florida to see him play in the major leagues, the New York Times reports.
In one moment, a dream turned into a nightmare as the ball struck.
As Chicago Magazine reports, the pain was excruciating. Greenberg rolled on the ground, trying to avoid blacking out.
Through the treatment, he continued to suffer from vertigo and vision issues, he said in interviews. His equilibrium was off.
Greenberg went on to play in the minors and runs a company called Lurong Living, but one man has started a national push for Greenberg to get his first official major league at bat.
Matt Liston, a self-described baseball fanatic, started “One at Bat” and he said he wants to create an army for this cause.
“We want to get Adam Greenberg his first "official" Major League at bat. Of the 17,500 players who have played in the major leagues, no player has ever had his MLB career end on the first pitch—except Adam Greenberg. Due to Major League rules, when Adam was hit, his at bat was recorded as a plate appearance, not an official at bat. We would like to see Adam make it back to the big leagues for the official at bat he earned,” the Web site says.
Greenberg is behind it and appreciates what his fans are trying to do.
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. I’m going to do everything I can to make this a reality for you and myself,” Green
Liston is asking people to sign the online petition and spread the word through Twitter and Facebook.