Adam Greeneberg currently plays for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League which is an independent team. He was an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs in 2005 and was best known for being hit in the head on the first pitch of his only plate appearance. As Adam recovered from his injury the need for him to get in the major leagues grew and Matt Liston a lifelong baseball fan decided that Adam deserved that one at bat. Greenberg got signed by the Marlins in 2012 and finally got the at bat he greatly deserved. Now that I have told you a little about Adam I will move into the interview. I also have attached a link to the TripleThreatTv.com video on Adam.
Questions for Adam Greenberg
1) Can you describe your injury? I know this a tough subject as the magnitude of your injury is described as one of the 10 most gruesome in sports. My take on the question is to get an explanation of the recovery process and what you had to endure physically and mentally to get back to the major league level. The injury was a roller coaster, both emotionally and physically. My first reaction was to suit up and get back on the field, but I didn't realize the severity of it all. After recovering from positional vertigo, I still had to contend with my vision. I worked with some great physicians and health experts to get back on track.
2) What it felt like to get that at bat in the big leagues? It was a magical moment, this was everything I had worked for, and hopefully there are many more to come.
3) As a kid was there another job/profession that you saw yourself doing or was it always baseball? As far back as I can remember it has always been baseball and nothing else.
4) What role did college athletics play in your life? How did you balance your time? Also were you involved in anything else during college besides baseball? Baseball was a major part of college life at UNC, and if I wasn't playing or practicing, I was spending most of my time working out.
5) What was your reaction when Matt Liston started the one at bat campaign? Also are you still in contact with Matt? Matt and his team are an incredible bunch of people and they started this all on their own, so I wasn't going to stop this passion. The support was overwhelming. Yes, Matt and I are great friends and we communicate on a regular basis.
6) Was there ever a time you would think that you were never going to play in the Majors again? As the seasons were going by and I was trying to recover, I started having some doubts, but continued to think positive, work hard and stay in shape. I never thought getting back to the big leagues would unfold like it did in Miami. I am grateful for everyone who helped make this possible.
7) If the Cubs called your name what would mean to play at Wrigley? It would be an honor to represent any ball club.
8) What team are you currently with? Also what did it mean to you when the Orioles gave you a shot to be on their 25 man roster during spring training? Your reaction to being one of the last cut?
I am currently playing with the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League. The opportunity with the Baltimore organization was incredible and I appreciate the opportunity they gave me to play down in Spring Training. I understood the situation going in, that I would be competing with others for a spot. I played really well with a .355 batting average an on base percentage of .415 and have no regrets.
9) Where does Adam Greenberg see himself in five years? Helping a Major League ball club win games and get to a World Series.
Thanks again Adam for your time and we wish you the best of luck this season. Hopefully you get that call-up to the big leagues and can pursue your dream of being a professional baseball player in the Major Leagues. Your truly an inspiration and prove that dreams do come true regardless of the circumstances just takes a little hard work. Keep up the good work Adam.