|This smile came after the strikeout. (US Presswire)|
Greenberg took a strike, before swinging through two knuckleballs to conclude the at-bat -- a three-pitch strikeout.
Still, Greenberg had an ear-to-ear smile as he entered the dugout. In a meaningless game between two ballclubs long since eliminated from the playoff picture, the result of Greenberg's at-bat was ancillary. The story is he got an at-bat and can now move on.
Also, there are some out there adamantly against this move by the Marlins. Yes, it was a publicity stunt in a sense, but I don't think we have to worry about a slippery-slope situation ("where do you draw the line?") because Greenberg's situation was unique. He only saw one big-league pitch in his life and it hit him in the head. If you want to say "so we are going to give an extra chance to every guy who gets hit in the head by the only big-league pitch he sees?" My answer would be "why the hell not?" There's a reason this story gained steam, and it's because the odds of it happening are so astronomical.
Here is Greenberg's mother reacting to his at-bat: