The life of a baseball player is never as easy as it seems. The Chicago Cubs had this one prospect, Adam Greenberg, in 2005. Greenberg stepped into the batter’s box against Florida Marlins pitcher Valerio De Los Santos. Not sooner did he step in the box did he receive his first pitch. De Los Santos’ first 92-mph fastball targeted the back of Greenberg’s head.
He would never be the same.
Greenberg suffered continually from post-concussion syndrome, dizziness, headaches, double vision and nausea. Greenberg never made the major leagues ever again and dropped out of baseball altogether after a brief stint in the Independent Leagues.
Fast forward to 2012 and Greenberg is getting another shot with the team that ultimately damaged his potential. The 31-year-old, thanks to the Miami Marlins, will get a one-day contract and make a plate appearance with the team next week when the Marlins play the New York Mets. The Mets will be starting R.A. Dickey in his continued pursuit of the NL Cy Young award.
Greenberg spent two weeks at the Marlins spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla. That is where he got the confidence to continue with his dream. The Marlins coaches boosted his confidence as well.
In a season that took a turn for worst at the end of May and the beginning of June, the team is looking to end on a good note. Putting Greenberg on the team will give a storybook jump start to a new outlook on life for Greenberg and end the Marlins season on a positive note.
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