Take me out to the ball game…Take me out to the crowd!

 

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”

 

 

On July 9, 2005, Adam Greenberg was about to have his lifelong dream
of playing Major League baseball come true. The Chicago Cubs called him
up from the minors and in the 9th inning, in a game against the Florida
Marlins, he got the call to pinch hit. On the very first pitch from
Valerido de los Santos, Greenberg was struck in the back of the head by a
92-mile-per-hour fastball. He suffered a concussion and was
immediately removed from the game.
Adam was sent down to the minors for a rehab assignment, but
struggled with severe vertigo and other symptoms of post concussion
syndrome. Adam’s career and life were put on hold for a year and a half.
Since then, Adam has played for several minor and independent league
clubs trying to get a second chance in the Major Leagues.
Of the almost 17,500 people to play in Major League baseball, Adam
Greenberg is the only player to have his career end on the very first
pitch. In fact, according to Major League rules, Adam’s debut only
counts as a plate appearance, not an official at bat.

THE MISSION

We want to get Adam Greenberg his first “official” Major League at bat.
Of the 17,500 players who have played in the major leagues, no player
has ever had his MLB career end on the first pitch—except Adam
Greenberg. Due to Major League rules, when Adam was hit, his at bat was
recorded as a plate appearance, not an official at bat. We would like to
see Adam make it back to the big leagues for the official at bat he
earned.

WE CAN HELP!!!

We can create awareness of Adam’s story. We can tell teams and Major
League baseball that we want to see them do something for the good of
the game. It’s an opportunity for the sports world to be an example for
the rest of the world.
  • Download the poster! Print it, post it in your office, bring it to games, and SPREAD THE WORD.
  • Tweet, Facebook, post on your favorite teams pages, and let people know about OneAtBat.com.
  • Sign the Petition!

Why did I sign the petition?

 
I
signed the petition because Adam hasn’t given up. He still practices
and tries hard every day to make it back. Sign the petition so we can
add one of the true lovers of baseball back to the game of baseball!!!
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Interview with Harlem Ambassador Tiffara Steward

You can find out more about Tiffara at her Harlem Abassadors page (here)
Tiffara Steward has won multiple awards, titles and been on multiple news cast. I got the chance to personally watch her and a group of the Harlem Abassadors put on a show in my home town in Western North Carolina. She is impressive in every way and so laid back. If you haven’t seen a Harlem Abassadors show yet I suggest you go next time they are near by.
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1. When did your love for basketball begin?
My love for basketball began very early in my life. I started playing
before I could remember. Just about everyone in my family played some
kind of sport so athletics is big in my family. My father told me
stories about when I was younger, everyday I would come home from the
park with a different basketball, without having one when I left the
house in the morning. So I would probably say from about 5 years old the
latest but I started organized basketball (cyo) when I was in the
fourth grade and I played on the fifth grade team. My parents would have
a summer league at my local park and there would be teams and all. I
played there starting about 5 or 6 years old.
2. How tall are you?
 I am 4 feet 6 inches.
3. Does your height give you any challenges in basketball?
 The challenges I have with my height I think I developed my game around
it. With me being shorter than all of my opponents, in order to take a
jump shot I need more space to get the shot off. So that’s where I
developed my dribbling game to be able to make a move to create the
space. As well as developing a shot with a quick release. So because of
that disadvantage I had to develop all I could to make it an advantage.
But my height has is disadvantages as well as advantages. Defense being
an advantage for me at my height.
4. How long have you been with the Harlem Ambassadors?
 This is my second year with the Harlem Ambassadors.
5. Out of the places you’ve been which was your favorite?
  Out of all the places I’ve been my favorite places has to be Rapid
City, SD because I was able to visit Mount Rushmore and Arizona because I
was able to visit The Grand Canyon.
6. Out of the places you’ve been which was your least favorite?
 Out of all the places I’ve been I can’t seem to say there was one that
was my least favorite only because every place have been has been a
different experience. And I can now say I’ve been there
7. Traveling so much do you ever get home sick?
 Traveling so much, yes I do miss home. Not so much home sick but I definitely miss the home cooked meals.
8. How do you like living in New York?
  I love living in NY. There is almost always something going on. I’ve lived there my whole life.
9. What is your favorite thing to do in New York?
  My favorite thing to do in NY has to be hanging out with family and
friends. Going to the gym to work out and working on my game. On a few
occasions my family and I caught a few shows in the city (Times Square,
Manhattan).
10. Do you have any bonds with your fellow team mates?
 The bond that develops between my team mates and myself its like an
extended family. We are together 24/7. From traveling in the van from
city to city and state to state. To the games that we perform and just
the limited amount of free time at the hotels, we are always together. I
still talk to my teams that were here last year and they are like my
brothers and sisters.
11. What other hobbies do you have?
 Other hobbies, I like to bowl, I’m not the best but I have good games
here and there. I have played and tried almost every sport. I love to
write poetry and listen to music. I love dancing. Most of all just
having fun at anything that I do.
12. What is your favorite color?
  My favorite color is orange.
13. What is your favorite food to cook?
 Hmmm my favorite food to cook, that’s a hard question. Lol I enjoy
cooking and baking so much that I don’t know if I have a favorite. If I
had to choose maybe steak and potatoes. And I enjoy baking chocolate
chip cookies and cupcakes (funfetti)
14. If you could spend the day with someone who would it be? (Dead or alive)
 If I could spend the day with anyone it would be my brothers. (My god
brother) Brendon McRae and (Cousin) Naquan Bell. I lost them in a car
accident last year on February 13. I was on the road at the time also
and it changed my life forever. They were so young 24 years old and 21
years old. But the lession I learned from them is live your life to the
fullest. Every game I played from that day forward I have played for
them, I’ve played with them in my heart and on my shoulders.
15. What advice would you give those looking to have a career in a sports type field?
  The advice I would give to anyone is to never give up on anything that
you want to do. There may be obstacles to overcome but continue to work
had and always give it your all. Success doesn’t come with ease. I
personally had obstacles to overcome starting at birth. Who would have
ever thought that a young woman from Elmont, New York (Long Island) born
three months premature, 2lbs 15oz, 8 inches long, blind in the right
eye, with a slight hearing impairment in both ears, with scoliosis, one
leg shorter than the other, with a rib that didn’t develop and
vertebrates in my lower back that also didn’t developed, now standing at
4 feet 6 inches would have ever became a professional basketball player
let alone a basketball player in general. It’s all about your strength
and will to success. Only you can determine your own destiny. “NEVER
GIVE UP ” that’s my motto.
Some extra information Tiffara would like to share with us: 

As a future for myself I plan on starting my own business of
motivational / inspirational speaking. Hopefully to inspire the youth
and just everyone in general with my story, of the obstacles I’ve been
through and never giving up. So after this season with the Ambassadors
that is my plan. 

NFL Week 5

 

NFL Week
5

(My personal picks are in green)
Philadelphia
Eagles (1-3)
Vs

Buffalo Bills (3-1)

Sun 1:00

Injury Report:
PHI Trent Cole DE Calf Did Not Participate In
Practice — Jason Peters T Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Nate Allen S Knee Full Participation in
Practice — Jason Avant WR Shoulder Full Participation
in Practice — Riley Cooper WR Hamstring Full
Participation in Practice — Moise Fokou LB Neck Full Participation in
Practice — Brandon Hughes CB Hamstring Full
Participation in Practice — Cullen Jenkins DT Tricep Full Participation
in Practice — Winston Justice T Knee Full Participation
in Practice — Mike Patterson DT Knee Full Participation
in Practice — Steve Smith WR Knee Full Participation in
Practice — Darryl Tapp DE Pectoral Full Participation
in Practice — Michael Vick QB left Finger Full Participation
in Practice —
Brent Celek TE Illness Limited
Participation in Practice — Juqua Parker DE Ankle Limited Participation
in Practice –
BUF Nick Barnett LB Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Demetrius Bell T Shoulder Did Not
Participate In Practice — Ruvell Martin WR Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Shawne Merriman LB Shoulder Did Not
Participate In Practice — C.J. Spiller RB Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Chris White LB Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Aaron Williams CB Chest Did Not Participate
In Practice — Eric Wood C Ankle Did Not Participate In
Practice — Terrence McGee CB Hamstring Full
Participation in Practice — Kraig Urbik G Knee Full Participation in
Practice —
New Orleans Saints (3-1)
Vs
Carolina
Panthers (1-3)
Sun 1:00

Injury
Report:
NO Will Herring LB Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Olin Kreutz C Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Zach Strief T Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — David Thomas TE Concussion Did Not
Participate In Practice — Devery Henderson WR Calf Limited
Participation in Practice — Jonathan Vilma LB Knee Limited
Participation in Practice — Martez Wilson LB Neck Limited Participation
in Practice –
CAR Geoff Hangartner G Back Did Not Participate
In Practice — Jeff Otah T Back Did Not Participate In
Practice — Jeremy Shockey TE Head Did Not Participate In
Practice — Chris Gamble CB Head Full Participation in
Practice —
Oakland Raiders (2-2)
Vs
Houston
Texans (3-1)
Sun 1:00

Injury Report:
OAK Ricky Brown LB Concussion Did Not
Participate In Practice — Richard Gordon TE Hand Did Not Participate
In Practice — Chris Johnson CB Groin Did Not Participate
In Practice — Marcel Reece RB Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Matt Shaughnessy DE Shoulder Did Not
Participate In Practice — Jerome Boyd S Knee Full Participation in
Practice — Michael Bush RB Ankle Full Participation in
Practice — Taiwan Jones RB Calf Full Participation in
Practice — Michael Mitchell S Knee Full Participation
in Practice — Jason Campbell QB Foot Limited Participation
in Practice
Chimdi Chekwa CB Hamstring Limited
Participation in Practice — Michael Huff S Ankle Limited Participation
in Practice — Jarvis Moss DE Chest Limited Participation
in Practice — Louis Murphy WR Groin Limited Participation
in Practice –
HOU Tim Dobbins LB Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Andre Johnson WR Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Ben Tate RB Groin Did Not Participate In
Practice — Derrick Ward RB Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Thomas Austin G Knee Full Participation in
Practice — Johnathan Joseph CB Hamstring Full
Participation in Practice — Chris Myers C Elbow Full Participation in
Practice — Antonio Smith DE Ankle Full Participation
in Practice — Kareem Jackson CB Knee Limited
Participation in Practice — Jacoby Jones WR Knee Limited Participation
in Practice — Brice McCain CB Groin Limited Participation
in Practice — Sherrick McManis CB Hamstring Limited
Participation in Practice — DeMeco Ryans LB Elbow Limited Participation
in Practice —
Kansas
City Chiefs (1-3)
Vs

Indianapolis Colts (0-4)

Sun 1:00

Injury
Report:
KC Terrance Copper WR Illness Did Not
Participate In Practice — Jon Baldwin WR Thumb Full Participation in
Practice — Jon McGraw S Knee Full Participation in
Practice –
 IND Anthony Castonzo T Ankle Did Not
Participate In Practice — Ryan Diem G Ankle Did Not Participate In
Practice — Dwight Freeney DE Abdomen Did Not
Participate In Practice — Fili Moala DT Ankle Did Not Participate In
Practice — Drake Nevis DT Back Did Not Participate In
Practice — Brody Eldridge TE Knee Full Participation
in Practice — Mike Pollak C Arm Full Participation in
Practice — Joe Reitz G Ankle Full Participation in
Practice — Kerry Collins QB Concussion Limited
Participation in
Practice — Ernie Sims LB Knee Limited Participation in
Practice — Peyton Manning QB Neck Out (Definitely Will Not Play) —
Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)
Vs
Jacksonville
Jaguars (1-3)
Sun 1:00

Injury
Report:
CIN Chris Crocker S Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Kelly Jennings CB Hamstring Did Not Participate
In Practice — Jeromy Miles S Groin Did Not Participate In
Practice — Taylor Mays S Illness Limited Participation
in Practice — Dontay Moch LB Foot Limited Participation
in Practice –
JAC Russell Allen LB Not Injury Related Did Not
Participate In Practice — Derek Cox CB Groin Did Not Participate In
Practice — Montell Owens RB Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Eugene Monroe T Shoulder Full Participation
in Practice — Tyson Alualu DT Knee Limited Participation
in Practice — Courtney Greene S Neck Limited
Participation in Practice — Aaron Kampman DE Knee Limited Participation
in Practice — Zach Miller TE Shoulder Limited
Participation in Practice — Kassim Osgood WR Hamstring Limited
Participation in Practice —
Arizona Cardinals (1-3)
Vs
Minnesota
Vikings (0-4)
Sun 1:00

Injury
Report:
ARI Dave Zastudil P right Knee Did Not
Participate In Practice — Brandon Keith T Knee Full Participation in
Practice — Chansi Stuckey WR Hamstring Full
Participation in Practice — Michael Adams CB Wrist Limited
Participation in Practice — Early Doucet WR Hamstring Limited
Participation in Practice — Todd Heap TE Hamstring Limited
Participation in Practice — A.J. Jefferson CB Ankle Limited
Participation in Practice — Joey Porter LB Knee Limited Participation
in Practice — Lyle Sendlein C Elbow Limited Participation
in Practice — Chris Wells RB Hamstring Limited Participation
in Practice — Jim Dray TE Pectoral Did Not Participate In
Practice –
MIN Chris Kluwe P right Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — John Sullivan C Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Antoine Winfield CB Neck Did Not
Participate In Practice — Husain Abdullah S Pelvis Limited
Participation in Practice — E.J. Henderson LB Knee Limited
Participation in Practice — Charlie Johnson T Elbow Limited
Participation in Practice — Jamarca Sanford S Knee Limited
Participation in Practice —
Seattle
Seahawks (1-3)
Vs

New York Giants (3-1)

Sun 1:00

Injury
Report:
SEA Kam Chancellor S Quadricep Did Not
Participate In Practice — Tony Hargrove DT Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Zach Miller TE Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Malcolm Smith LB Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Mike Williams WR Concussion Did Not
Participate In Practice — Byron Maxwell CB Ankle Limited
Participation in Practice — Robert Gallery G Groin Out (Definitely Will Not Play) –
NYG Prince Amukamara CB Foot Did Not
Participate In Practice — David Baas C Neck Did Not Participate In
Practice — Michael Boley LB Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Brandon Jacobs RB Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Justin Tuck DE Groin Did Not Participate In
Practice — Rocky Bernard DT Ribs Limited Participation
in Practice — Osi Umenyiora DE Knee Limited Participation
in Practice —
Tennessee Titans (3-1)
Vs
Pittsburg
Steelers (2-2)
Sun 1:00

Injury Report:
TEN Marc Mariani KR Hip Did Not Participate In
Practice — Craig Stevens TE Rib Did Not Participate In
Practice — Gerald McRath LB Knee Full Participation in
Practice — Michael Griffin S Illness Limited
Participation in Practice — Chris Hope S Forearm Out (Definitely Will Not Play) –
PIT Cortez Allen CB Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Casey Hampton T Shoulder Did Not
Participate In Practice — James Harrison LB Eye Did Not Participate
In Practice — Chris Kemoeatu G Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Rashard Mendenhall RB Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Mewelde Moore RB Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Ben Roethlisberger QB Foot Did Not
Participate In Practice
Aaron Smith DE Foot Did Not Participate In
Practice — Jason Worilds LB Quadricep Did Not
Participate In Practice —
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Vs
San
Francisco 49ers (3-1)
Sun 4:05

Injury
Report:
TB Tim Crowder DE Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Zach Diles LB Hamstring Did Not Participate
In Practice — James Lee T Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Luke Stocker TE Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Sammie Stroughter WR Foot Did Not
Participate In Practice — Devin Holland S Back Full Participation in
Practice — Zack Pianalto TE Calf Full Participation in
Practice –
SF Isaac Sopoaga DT Infection Did Not
Participate In Practice — Shawntae Spencer CB Toe Did Not Participate
In Practice — Michael Crabtree WR Feet Limited
Participation in Practice — Frank Gore RB Ankle Limited Participation
in Practice — Mike Iupati G Neck Limited Participation in
Practice — Adam Snyder G Hamstring Limited
Participation in Practice — Tramaine Brock CB Hand Out (Definitely Will Not Play) — Braylon Edwards WR Knee Out (Definitely Will Not Play) — Moran Norris RB Fibula Out (Definitely Will Not Play) —
San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Vs
Denver
Broncos (1-3)
Sun 4:15

Injury
Report:
SD Luis Castillo DE Tibia Did Not Participate
In Practice — Jacques Cesaire DE Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Antonio Gates TE Foot Did Not Participate
In Practice — Nick Hardwick C Neck Did Not Participate In
Practice — Vincent Jackson WR Hamstring Did Not
Participate In Practice — Quentin Jammer CB Hamstring Full
Participation in Practice –
DEN Brian Dawkins S Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Daniel Fells TE Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Eddie Royal WR Groin Did Not Participate In
Practice — Demaryius Thomas WR Finger Did Not
Participate In Practice — Julius Thomas TE Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Jonathan Wilhite CB Illness Did Not
Participate In Practice — Champ Bailey CB Hamstring Full
Participation in Practice — Knowshon Moreno RB Hamstring Full
Participation in Practice — Marcus Thomas DT Groin Full Participation
in Practice —
New
York Jets (2-2)
Vs

New England Patriots (3-1)

Sun 4:15

Injury
Report:
NYJ Plaxico Burress WR Elbow Did Not
Participate In Practice — Garrett McIntyre LB Concussion Did Not
Participate In Practice — Calvin Pace LB Abdomen Did Not Participate
In Practice — Antonio Cromartie CB Ribs Full
Participation in Practice — Mike Devito DT Shoulder Full Participation
in Practice — David Harris LB Toe Full Participation in
Practice — Eric Smith S Tricep Full Participation in
Practice — Nick Mangold C Ankle Limited Participation
in Practice — Muhammad Wilkerson DE Shoulder Limited
Participation in Practice — Logan Payne WR Wrist Out (Definitely Will Not Play) — Bryan Thomas LB Achilles Out (Definitely Will Not Play) –
NE Julian Edelman WR Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Albert Haynesworth DT Back Did Not
Participate In Practice — Aaron Hernandez TE Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Jerod Mayo LB Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Sebastian Vollmer T Back Did Not
Participate In Practice — Danny Woodhead RB Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Mike Wright DE Concussion Did Not
Participate In Practice — Dane Fletcher LB Thumb Full Participation
in Practice — Kyle Arrington CB Chest Limited
Participation in Practice — Josh Barrett S Thumb Limited Participation
in Practice — Leigh Bodden CB Groin Limited Participation
in Practice — Patrick Chung S Hand Limited Participation
in Practice — Ras-I Dowling CB Hip Limited Participation
in Practice — Shaun Ellis DE Knee Limited Participation
in Practice — Gary Guyton LB Hamstring Limited
Participation in Practice — Kyle Love DT Ankle Limited Participation in
Practice —
Green Bay Packers (4-0)
Vs
Atlanta
Falcons (2-2)
Sun 8:20

Injury
Report:
GB Bryan Bulaga T Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Donald Driver WR Shin Did Not Participate
In Practice — Clay Matthews LB Quadricep Did Not
Participate In Practice — Andrew Quarless TE Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Charles Woodson CB Foot Did Not Participate
In Practice — Ryan Grant RB Kidney Full Participation in
Practice — Chad Clifton T Knee Limited Participation
in Practice — Brad Jones LB Hamstring Limited
Participation in Practice — Jamari Lattimore LB Shoulder Limited
Participation in Practice — Patrick Lee CB Back Limited Participation
in Practice — Ryan Taylor TE Shoulder Limited
Participation in Practice — Tramon Williams CB Shoulder Limited
Participation in Practice — Frank Zombo LB Shoulder Limited
Participation in Practice — Nick Collins S Neck Out (Definitely Will Not Play) — Mike Neal DE Knee Out (Definitely Will Not Play) –
ATL Cliff Matthews DE Knee Did Not Participate
In Practice — Todd McClure C Knee Did Not Participate In
Practice — Michael Palmer TE Ankle Did Not Participate
In Practice — Roddy White WR Thigh Did Not Participate In
Practice — Jonathan Babineaux DT Knee Limited
Participation in Practice — William Moore S Neck Limited Participation
in Practice — Stephen Nicholas LB Calf Limited
Participation in Practice — Christopher Owens CB Ankle Limited
Participation in Practice — Jason Snelling RB Concussion Limited
Participation in Practice —
Chicago
Bears (2-2)
Vs

Detroit Lions (4-0)

Mon 8:30

Injury
Report:
CHI:
No
Injuries to reportDET: No Injuries to report

Some
people you will see in the future and you won’t be seeing again….
Cuts
and signs this week:

 

    Arizona Cardinals: Korey
Lindsey (CB) cut.
        Ben Graham (P) re-signed.
        Mark LeGree (S) practice squad deletion.
        Max Komar (WR)
cut
.
        Korey Lindsey (CB) practice squad
addition.
    Kansas City Chiefs: Shaun
Draughn (RB) practice squad addition.
        Butch Lewis (G) practice squad deletion.
    Pittsburgh Steelers: Max
Starks (T) re-signed (one-year contract).
        Chris Scott (T) cut.
    New England Patriots: Josh
Victorian (CB) practice squad deletion.
        Sterling Moore (S) practice squad
addition.
    New York Jets:
Dennis Landolt (T) practice squad addition.
    Indianapolis Colts: Quinn
Ojinnaka (T) signed.
        Nate Triplett (LB) cut.
        Michael Toudouze (T) signed.
        Jaimie Thomas (G) suspended (4 games (NFL substance abuse
policy)).
        Ricardo Mathews (DT) Activated from the
Practice Squad.
    Oakland
Raiders:
Nic Grigsby (RB) practice squad addition.
    Miami
Dolphins:
Isaako Aaitui (DT) practice squad addition.
        D.J. Jones (T) practice squad deletion.
        Nic Grigsby (RB) practice squad deletion.
        Vince Agnew (CB) practice squad
addition.
        Nate Jones (CB) cut.
        Will Barker (T) signed.
    Washington
Redskins:
Brandyn Thompson (CB) cut.
        Nate Ness (S) practice squad deletion.
    Houston
Texans:
Trindon Holliday (WR) practice squad deletion.
    Carolina
Panthers:
George Selvie (DE) cut.
        Antwan Applewhite (LB) signed.
        New York Giants: Brian Williams (CB) cut.