Opportunity At Bat-One chance!

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Was just reflecting back on the opportunity that Adam Greenburg was given a few months ago to have a chance at another major league at bat since he was hit in the head in his only other opportunity. What a chance of a lifetime, to be a on a big league field with the upper 2% of Major Leaguers and be able to face the best of the best. And to take that to an even more extreme he had to face what would be the NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey on top of that. I guess it could be worse, facing Randy Johnson perhaps or Craig Kimbrel, but then again it’s still an opportunity of a lifetime. I was reviewing baseballreferance.com and looked up a former catcher who played with the Astros, Brian Esposito, I remembered one weekend when the main catcher Humberto Quintero was injured and Jason Castro was having knee issues they called up Esposito to help out with catching duties and during that weekend he didn’t get a big league hit. I don’t even remember if he got into either game. I know he probably collected the major league minimum day rate for those two days and was sent back by Monday to AAA Oklahoma to finish out the season. Since, he has been picked up and released by several teams and currently is unsigned pending further notification. I remember way back around 2004 the Astros had Fanfest and I got the opportunity to talk to Jeff Bagwell and wish him luck on the upcoming season and he replied back, I hope I do good and he’s thankful he has the opportunity. I know as time goes on every year there is some stud player in each organization that is one call up from taking a struggling veteran’s position and roster spot. In most recent years big time hitters Richie Sexson, Derrick Lee, Todd Helton all come to mind as dominant major leaguers in their time that were shooed out over time or dealt to other teams in favor of clearing revenue and opening roster spots for rebuilding. The moral of this article though is is if you have an opportunity, make the best of it. You never know if that is the only opportunity you will have and secondly if it may never be possible for another opportunity ever. So even if it is an opportunity against the greatest ever, get that hit and go out on top.Just remember Marcus Thames hit a home run off Randy Johnson in his first major league at bat, if he was never allowed to hit or sent down and never called back up to the big leagues, at least he prevailed against the best.

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