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Greenberg said he was overwhelmed by the positive reception from his new teammates, who gave him a pregame rookie hazing in the clubhouse. He donned a USA Speedo and drew playful boos when he sang “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

“I was completely humiliated, but they were awesome,” Greenberg said. “They treated me like a member of their team.”

The 5-foot-9 Greenberg said he hoped the game marks only the beginning of a career comeback. He didn’t play in the minor leagues this year and hasn’t been with a major league organization since 2008, but he still harbors hopes of a big league job.

Greenberg recently played for Israel in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic.

“Hopefully there is going to be a lot more of this. This is good stuff,” Greenberg said at a pregame news conference. “I want to show everyone I can play, although you can never really truly do that in one at-bat, especially if it ends up being against Dickey.”

Several Marlins played with Greenberg in the minors as he struggled to recover from his beaning.

“He was a good player, and for it to be ruined on one pitch is a tough blow, if you will,” catcher John Buck said. “But he has fought back. This is one of those good stories for young kids and what baseball is about _ enduring to the end, and making the most of your opportunity.”

The Greenberg signing was a rare feel-good story for the last-place Marlins, who have endured the most disappointing season in the franchise’s 20-year history.

“I think I’ve never seen this ballclub more excited than today,” Guillen said. “We’ve been losing so many games we hate each other.”

The Marlins gave Greenberg jersey No. 10, a more prestigious number than the No. 66 he recalled wearing in Cubs spring training.

An outfielder, he made his big league debut with the Cubs in Miami on July 9, 2005, and was hit by a pitch thrown by Marlins left-hander Valerio De Los Santos. He sustained a concussion that caused vision problems, vertigo and headaches lasting hours at a time, and it was nearly two years before he regained full health.

“I was concerned more with the quality of my life than playing ball,” he said. “It was a tough time.”

He married, started a health-supplement business and played in the independent Atlantic League. A recent online campaign known as “One At Bat” lobbied for Greenberg to get a second chance in the majors, and the Marlins last week offered him an opportunity to play in the next-to-last game of their season.

For seven years, Greenberg was one of only two players to be hit by a pitch in his lone big league appearance and never take the field. The other was Fred van Dusen with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1955.

Van Dusen flew down from his home in Franklin, Tenn., to attend Tuesday’s game. He threw out the first pitch and joined the rest of the crowd applauding Greenberg’s comeback.

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