Any Jewish baseball fan will know the name Adam Greenberg. He made his Major league debut and departure in the same at-bat.
On July 9, 1995, with two out in the ninth inning and Greenberg’s Chicago Cubs leading the Florida Marlins, 4-2, the 25-year-old came to the plate as a pinch-hitter to face Valerio De Los Santos. What happened next has haunted Greenberg, his family, and baseball fans ever since.
Last year, ESPN marked the “anniversary” with this piece, in which Greenberg, playing with the independent league Bridgeport Bluefish, just happened to face De Los Santos again:
Greatest line in the segment: “If I never make it back to to the Major Leagues, that single at bat is the biggest at bat of my career.”
I wrote this story a few years back when the Newark Bears hosted Greenberg’s Bluefish on a Jewish Heritage Night.
More ESPN material on Greenberg:
Outside the Lines (2009)