He may have struck out on three pitches, but Adam Greenberg's memorable at-bat will be cemented in baseball history as Topps announced that they would inclued him in their 2013 baseball card set on Tuesday.
Greenberg's card will be dubbed a rookie and feature Topps' "RC" logo although he's appeared on cards dating back to 2002 when he was drafted by Cubs.
Fans looking to pull Greenberg's rookie from a pack will get the chance when 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball goes on sale on January 23rd of next year. The set will feature a 330-card base cards along with subsets that include League Leaders, Award Winners, Record Chasers and highlights from the 2012 World Series. Each pack will have 10 cards and boxes of 36 packs will have one autograph or relic card inserted.
Greenberg, who was given a second chance by the Marlins with the help of a fan-driven petition, was hit in the head in his only previous at-bat in 2005 with the Cubs. Greenberg's opportunity came in the sixth inning, when he pinch-hit for Bryan Petersen to lead off the frame while the Marlins held a 2-0 lead against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. He recieved a standing ovation from the 29,709 in attendance at Marlins park.
The at-bat lasted just 33 seconds and Greenberg struck out swining, but he was still overjoyed at the chance to lace up the spikes in the Majors again.
"It was magical," Greenberg said. "The energy that was in the stadium was something I never experienced in my life, and I don't know if I'll ever experience that again."
The Marlins won the game in 4-3 in 11 innings on Donovan Solano's RBI single with the bases loaded.
Check out video of Greenberg's at-bat below.
Above is Greenberg's 2002 Upper Deck Rookie