Now Running for Office, Adam Greenberg. You May Remember His First At-Bat.

Greenberg was hit in the head by a pitch the first time he went to the plate in the major leagues. It upended his life, but 13 years later he is charting a new course.

Comments: 11

  1. Greenberg has had a difficult life and done well. But why join the corrupted and corrupting Republican party? Is it because he's a businessman? Is it because they had no candidate but the Democrats did? It's a pity.

  2. @Thomas Zaslavsky I agree. I wish there was more explanation. Almost sounds like he is filling any empty position, which is not a good reason to sell your soul to the devil. As a Cubs fan, I expect more from our esteemed alums.

  3. Greenberg showed great tenacity and courage as a ballplayer. These characteristics will serve him well as a politician. I wish him every success in his new career. Hopefully he will make the majors in politics.

  4. Adam Greenberg's life is an inspirational story...up until the day he decided to run as a Republican. What's the attraction, Adam ? Mindless tax cuts ? White spite ? Science denialism ? Vote-rigging ? Decent Americans don't run as - or vote for - Republicans. Let's hope that the Democratic candidate, Christine Hunter Cohen, is handily elected on November 6 and Mr. Greenberg goes back to selling vitamins and fitness advice full-time.

  5. Greenberg will be a breath of fresh air for the Republicans. Much needed.

  6. @Socrates I suppose Greenberg just likes to think for himself and doesn't want to be told what to think by people with little education and little respect for the educated or accomplished. If he hasn't been corrupted by politics or spent years serving the corrupt politicians, he cannot run in the Connecticut Democratic Party.

  7. @Socrates On the money. He's naive if he thinks his voice will be heard. If he doesn't drink the Mark Meadows Kool-Aid, he'll be limited to being a member of the GOP men's congressional baseball team.

  8. “One of the questions the trainers asked me was, ‘Where were you two days ago?’ I said, ‘I was in the minors, and I’m not going back.’ ” I love this guy – he has tenacity, doesn’t run away from a challenge or when things get rough, he stands his ground and has a wonderful sense of humor. But he is also loyal and knows when to make the hard decision and stands by it, i.e., giving up baseball once and for all and going down a path “to do something on a large scale to help a lot of people”. I really wish he wasn’t a Republican because he has so many attributes that could really help and heal this country and can relate with so many voters, i.e., having “been knocked down and gone through tremendous struggles. I can relate to those who also have.” I think he will be a very interesting Republican to watch in the months ahead and perhaps his Connecticut footprint will help ensure some positive and much needed change of attitude and philosophy in the GOP. And then, he may decide to leave the Republican party and join the ranks of the Democrats.

  9. A life long, diehard Cubs fan, I remember when he was beaned. I'm so happy to see that he's okay. (The knock on his noggin must be the reason he's running as a Republican).

  10. What an encouraging story, I thought as I read it. Well written. I then thought I had better skip the comments, since they will all be about "how can this nice guy be a Republican?", or "how dare NYT write something normal about a Republican, tell Maggie I am cancelling!!". About to close the tab, I clicked the comments anyway. And yep, there were the comments, just as expected - 7 out of 9, a high batting average. Or all strikes?? Good luck Adam, with this race and rest of life!

  11. The state of politics in the U.S. : Someone famous for getting brained by a baseball is not only fit for office, he has a profile in the NYT.