|Though he had a plate appearance, Greenberg never really got a shot. (Getty Images)|
Remember Adam Greenberg? Unless you're a die-hard Cubs fan, baseball trivia nut or have an outstanding memory, chances are you do not.
Greenberg was called up to the majors by the Cubs in July of 2005. In the ninth inning of an eventual 8-2 Cubs win over the Marlins, then-Cubs manager Dusty Baker called upon the 24-year-old Greenberg to pinch hit. It would be his first career plate appearance. The first pitch of Greenberg's major-league career hit him in the head. He never stepped in a big-league batters' box again.
Greenberg, now 31, is the only player in major-league history to be hit with the only pitch he ever saw. He's battled post-concussion symptoms, vertigo and blurred vision since.
Still, he'd like to get a chance to have one more plate appearance and Cubs fan Matt Liston has launched a campaign called "One At Bat," in support of Greenberg getting his chance. Check out the video:
The odds of this happening are obviously incredibly slim, but there's an online petition nonetheless. I signed it. I understand there are millions of people -- myself included -- who would love to get one major-league at-bat, but seeing what happened to Greenberg makes me want to root for his second chance. Even if he struck out, popped out or grounded out weakly, I feel like he'd get some closure on his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Hat-tip: Big League Stew