Adam Greenberg

If there’s ever a person who epitomizes perseverance, it’s Adam Greenberg, famous for the one pitch that changed his life forever. A 92 mile-an-hour first-pitch fastball to the back of the head on his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs gave Adam the record for being one of only two players in history to have an official at-bat without ever taking the field. After seven years of continued hustle to get back, Adam signed a one-day contract with the Miami Marlins in 2012. He was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Adam is an All-State native of Connecticut and an All-American standout at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2010, he founded the health and wellness company Lurong Living, where he enjoys empowering others to gain control of their health through a line of dietary supplements and nationwide health challenges. As a proven dynamic leader, he also enjoys traveling the country sharing his story and keys to perseverance.

“On July 9, 2005, I stepped into the batter’s box for my first major-league plate appearance with the Chicago Cubs. That moment was the culmination of my life’s work and my proudest achievement up to that point. No one suspected the triumph of that moment would be obliterated by a 92 mile-an-hour first-pitch fastball striking me just under my helmet on the back of my head. The first pitch of my major-league career threatened not only the future of my ability to play baseball, but my life itself.”





“I didn’t know it at the time, but that pitch was a gift. What was both the greatest and worst split-second of my life sent me into an odyssey of struggle, pain, and confusion which forged me slowly into the man I am today. What I thought was the destroyer of my dream was actually the birth of a greater one. It took me years to understand it, but it was worth every moment. I would take none of it back.”


Praise for Get Up: The Art of Perseverance

I thought I knew all about this story already – hit in the head in Chicago then One at Bat in Miami – but wow, I honestly had no idea what Adam has been through in his life. I’m not only amazed at his dedication to the sport of baseball but his passion for life, business, and most of all, others. So glad I took the time to read. It reads like a Disney movie – so touching. Brought me to so many moments of tears, joy and goosebumps. Adam, you are an amazing individual, your story is so powerful and I wish you nothing but the best.


I have not read it however I bought this book for my boyfriend who is unfortunately incarcerated at the moment. I was watching the today show and they did a segment on this book and interviewed Adam . I just knew I had to get it for Cody (my boyfriend). He said he absolutely loved the book and read it in 3 days . 4 other guys have read the book since he finished it and they all agree that it’s one of the best books they’ve ever read. Very inspirational and uplifting . Great read for anybody!

Renee Barnette

This book has a message that is badly needed in our times. Adam Greenberg displays unbelievable tenacity and determination under circumstances that would make most people give up. But he gets up. Every time. The narrative moves along and keeps interest peaked. This is a book that both of my sons will read because of the baseball setting, but it is more than a baseball story. Adam models a never-give-up attitude that will speak volumes to them and anyone else who picks up this book. A story like Adam’s, written so well, is a winner.

Dinah Overlien

Absolutely inspiring. I couldn’t put it down! I find myself at a pivot point in my life. I am nearly 51. I’ve re-invented myself and am pursuing a dream I have had for years. At times I have struggled and asked myself if I am nuts. Adam Greenberg’s story provided the exact lift I needed! Thank Heavens for men like Adam who have the courage to persevere in the face of tremendous odds! Thank Heaven for the time, effort and courage to share the story. My hat is off to both Adam Greenberg and Ben Biddick for the great writing! LOVED THIS BOOK!

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