One At Bat

This is a great story that I heard about for the first time today. Kind of ironic that it follows my last post about the Rudy book. Both are good stories of persistence and perseverance.

The TODAY Show featured the story of Adam Greenberg. His dream was to play Major League Baseball. He was called up by the Chicago Cubs in 2005 and was given the change to pinch hit in the 9th inning. The very first pitch he saw was a 92 mile per hour fastball that him in the back of the head. He suffered a concussion. He went to the minors, but experienced vertigo and other challenges. Since then he has been trying to make a return to Major League Baseball.

A film maker started the campaign called “One At Bat.” You can check out all the information on the One At Bat website.

The good news is that Adam is going to get his chance. Check out the video below. It gives his story and shows the MiamiĀ Marlins giving Adam a one day contract and a chance to get his One At Bat. The other video gives his story. You need to check out his story. It is cool.

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy – the book

I remember sitting in my basement flipping channels and came across the movie, “Rudy.” I had heard of the movie, knew the basic story behind it, but had never watched it before. I think it was a Saturday afternoon and I didn’t have anything else going on. I decided to watch it…and loved it. Seeing Rudy get in the game after all the practice and effort and dedication was pretty cool. Then, when he sacks the quarterback and gets carried off the field, you are pumped up and ready to go do something great.

I think one of the coolest parts of the movie is when some of his teammates start the chant: “Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.” It picks up steam on the sidelines and then people in the stands join in. “Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.” Pretty exciting stuff.

Being a fan of the movie (although it was probably out for 8+ years before I saw it), I was intrigued when I saw Rudy wrote a book about his story. I thought if it was nearly as exciting as the movie, it would be worth reading.

Rudy, My Story is not just the story of how he played for Notre Dame, but a deeper look into what led him to Notre Dame, where that desire came from and the obstacles he had to overcome. The pages of the book offer much more time to provide details of upbringing, struggles in school, family dynamics and all that went into who Rudy was leading up to his days at Notre Dame.

Part of the book shares what Rudy did after his 27 seconds of Notre Dame fame and the trials he endured trying to get his story made into a movie. That in itself was a time of perseverance and determination to see that dream become a reality.

Rudy is very open and honest in this account, sharing not only the difficulties he had growing up, but also after making it onto the big screen. He shares his successes and failures in order to help others work to achieve their dreams.

If you saw the movie, you will want to read the book. If you like the underdog – or even feel like one yourself – this book is for you.

**I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my review.