The old adage "it couldn't happen to a better person" is, for the most part, trite.
But when you talk about Adam Greenberg and his opportunity to get one at bat in the Majors
...it, well, it couldn't happen to a better person.
By now, you know Greenberg's story, but in case you need a quick refresher, more than seven years ago, dude was hit in the head by Valerio de los Santos fastball...ending his career with just that one plate appearance.
Enter Matt Liston.
Liston is a baseball fanatic and came up with a novel idea. To get Adam Greenberg his one at bat
. And it worked. Last week, the Miami Marlins, ironically the team that ended his big league career, offered the 31-year-old a one-day contract on national television
The team plans on using Greenberg as a pinch hitter during Tuesday night's game.
"Hopefully we can have it be for a pitcher, but I'm not going to pinch-hit him for the pitcher just because," said Guillen
, who originally toyed with the idea of starting Greenberg and letting him hit in the leadoff spot. "If I need a base hit to take the lead or something, then I'll figure out another inning. I'm going to manage to win the game. I'll figure out how to play him, but if there's the game on the line, I'm going to manage to win the game."
I had a chance to talk to Greenberg
prior to the Marlins going all Willy Wonka and giving him his golden ticket...and I'll be talking to him when it's all done.
Until then...good luck, buddy.