Adam Greenberg finally gets his at-bat

This smile came after the strikeout. (US Presswire)

Although it wasn't quite a fairy-tale ending, Marlins pinch hitter Adam Greenberg can now rest easy. He's gotten his one official major-league at-bat.

Related: Hard-luck Greenberg to make pinch-hit appearance Tuesday for Marlins

Tuesday night, Greenberg stepped into the box against one of the front-runners for the NL Cy Young award, Mets ace R.A. Dickey.

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:

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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