The Miami Marlins were locked and loaded coming into 2012. They had a new name, a new stadium, some new, big name players and high hopes.
With less than a week to play, and a lock on the worst record in the National League East, they've had just that one story to tell.
More than seven years after he was hit in the head by Valerio de los Santos fastball, Adam Greenberg is going to be back in the Majors. Ironically, the team that ended his big league career...is the one resurrecting it.
"I'm ready," Greenberg said on the "NBC Today Show" Thursday, holding back tears as Marlins general manager David Samson offered him a one-day contract.
“I’m extremely proud to extend this opportunity to Adam,” team owner Jeffrey Loria in a statement. “He has earned this chance as his love and passion for the game never diminished, despite his career tragically being cut short. I look forward to seeing Adam step up to the plate and realizing his comeback dream next Tuesday night.”
But it won't come easy. Scheduled to be on the mound Tuesday night for the New York Mets...Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey.
According to The Palm Beach Post, Greenberg has agreed to donate his one-day salary to the Marlins Foundation. In turn, they'll make a donation to the Sports Legacy Institute...an organization that advances the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.
You'll recall that it was just a few weeks ago, filmmaker Matt Liston's "One At Bat" campaign started getting national attention.