#125: Adam “Moonlight” Greenberg

Ah, the magical summer of 2005. Corey Patterson and Jason Dubois were sucking the life out of the Cubs outfield. The Cubs were sucking the life out of Cubs fans everywhere. I was sucking back a beer, when I heard the news that the Cubs had sent Patterson and Dubois down to AAA Iowa, and had called up two kids from the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx: Matt “Red” Murton and Adam Greenberg.

Murton made his major league debut on July 8, 2005, in a win over the Florida Marlins. Greenberg had to wait until the next night to get his chance against those same Marlins. Valerio de los Santos was on the mound in the 9th inning, trying to hold the Cubs at their 4-2 lead. Todd Hollandsworth grounded out to start the inning, and the left-handed hitting Greenberg came in to hit for Will Ohman.

I vividly remember how excited and confident Greenberg looked, striding to the plate and then going through his pre-pitch ritual. His helmet was shiny; his uniform spotless. De los Santos wound up, delivered, and “CRACK!” earholed Greenberg on the first pitch he saw in the Major Leagues.

It was for the best, Adam.
Don’t wink, kid.

And thus ended Greenberg’s career as a Cub, cementing one of the better statistical lines on Baseball-Reference. One game. Zero at-bats. 1.000 OBP. Here’s to you, Moonlight.

Low point: Somewhere between the time De los Santos released the ball and the time it connected with the side of Greenberg’s head.

Did you know? Greenberg is still trying to work his way up to the bigs, having signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals on December 5, 2006. And he thought it couldn’t get any worse than his only Major League at-bat.


4 Responses to “#125: Adam “Moonlight” Greenberg”

  1. 1 Irish Yankee January 16, 2007 at 11:09 am

    So basically, Moonlight has the same career statline as the 3’5″ 65lb. midget that played for the Tigers. Although, at least the midget saw 4 pitches.


  2. 2 Irish Yankee January 16, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Well, I guess I should say “productivity” rather than “statline.”

  3. 3 Tinker to Evers to Chance January 16, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Aw, how could you put the Hebrew Hammer on this list?

  4. 4 badkermit January 16, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Getting beaned in the head with the only ML pitch you’ve ever seen? It’s so appropriate. How could I NOT put the Hammer on here?

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The Bottom 126 Cubs of My Lifetime

1. Todd Hundley

2. Neifi Perez

3. Alex Gonzalez

4. LaTroy Hawkins

5. Fred McGriff

6. Corey Patterson

7. Mel Rojas

8. Jeff Blauser

9. Antonio Alfonseca

10. Juan Pierre

11. Shawn Estes

12. Felix Heredia

13. Julian Tavarez

14. Kyle Farnsworth

15. Mark Prior

16. Kent Mercker

17. Moises Alou

18. Dave Veres

19. Jose Macias

20. Lenny Harris

21. Jose Hernandez

22. Jacque Jones

23. The Unnamed Pitchers of the 90s

24. Freddy Bynum

25. Jerry Hairston, Jr.

26. Scott Williamson

27. Tony Womack

28. Andy Pratt

29. Will Ohman

30. Phil Nevin

31. Jeff Fassero

32. Ronny Cedeno

33. Brant Brown

34. Roosevelt Brown

35. Jason Dubois

36. Wade Miller

37. Mark Guthrie

38. Sergio Mitre

39. Juan Cruz

40. Gabor Paul II Bako

41. Ryan Dempster

42. Mike Remlinger

43. Glendon Rusch

44. Nomar Garciaparra

45. Gary Matthews, Jr.

46. Matt Clement

47. Gary Gaetti

48. Bobby Hill

49. Benito Santiago

50. Jerome Williams

51. Roberto Novoa

52. David Kelton

53. Todd Wellemeyer

54. Shane Andrews

55. Darrin Jackson

56. Frank DiPino/Terry Francona

57. John Mabry

58. Curtis Wilkerson

59. Hee Seop Choi

60. Cesar Izturis

61. Rick Wilkins

62. Jon Garland

63. Augie Ojeda

64. Jerome Walton

65. Jae Kuk Ryu

66. Todd Hollandsworth

67. Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes

68. Willie Greene

69. Michael Tucker

70. Damon Berryhill

71. Jon Leicester

72. Mitch Webster

73. Curtis/Tom Goodwin

74. Jody Gerut

75. Jim Sundberg

76. Steve Buechele

77. Darren Lewis

78. Rey Ordonez

79. Marvell Wynne

80. Tyler Houston

81. Amaury Telemaco

82. Kevin Roberson

83. Damian Jackson

84. Doug Dascenzo

85. Ismael Valdez

86. Matt Karchner

87. Jeff Huson

88. Jose Nieves

89. Ross Gload

90. Chad Hermansen

91. Luis Salazar

92. Mike Hubbard

93. Delino DeShields

94. Matt Lawton

95. Howard Johnson

96. Rondell White

97. Turk Wendell

98. Ray King

99. Gary Scott

100. Steve Rain

101. Kevin Orie

102. Rey Sanchez

103. Francis Beltran

104. Paul Noce

105. Enrique Wilson

106. Ruben Quevedo

107. Damon Buford

108. Brooks Kieschnick

109. Damian Miller

110. Scott Bullett

111. Rick Aguilera

112. Chad Meyers

113. Gary Varsho

114. Jason Bere

115. Troy O'Leary

116. Chico Walker

117. Rick Wrona

118. Leo Gomez

119. Chris Stynes

120. Dan Plesac

121. Robert Machado

122. Julio Zuleta

123. Todd Zeile

124. Chad Fox

125. Adam Greenberg

126. Sandy Martinez

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