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Adam Greenberg | Average to Savage EP139

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This is the one hundred and thirty-ninth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring former MLB player Adam Greenberg. Paul Guarino talked with Adam Greenberg discussing his journey to the majors, what he learned along the way, and his new roles as a baseball analyst & rep for Chandler Bats.

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This podcast interview with Adam Greenberg was originally recorded on September 9, 2021

...this is the average to Savage podcast with paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone athletes celebs and much more today's episode is brought to you by b usr dot com. You know, everyone always asks me where they should bet and now I got a solution for them, the U. S. R. Dot com slash paul. You deposit 100 dollars, they'll match your $100 in free bets. So you basically get $200. Go check it out, be USr dot com slash paul. So everybody, I'm back for another episode of the Average Savage podcast. Our special guest today is Adam Greenberg, Adam. How's it going? Doing awesome man, How you doing? Good to see you haven't talked to in a minute, Good to see you too appreciate you coming on, let's just go, let's just go back in time. When was the first time you remember just like playing baseball? 0 1st Time Remember Playing Baseball like five or six years old. I had a glove that was like this big, they called me hoover hoover, the vacuum cleaner because I wanted to be like don Mattingly playing first base and I was like this big but man, I just little league fields and that was that was it, it was just it was just awesome. Yeah. Now growing up in Connecticut obviously you know I'm from Connecticut who uh well what was it like just the baseball atmosphere and just like you're just upbringing baseball atmosphere wasn't very good, I'm not going to support it. I mean Northeast, it was it's soccer, it's basketball, football. Baseball was not really a huge to do literally, you know it was it was kind of something, but at least in Guilford where I grew up The time people got to 7th and 8th grade there started looking across and be like yeah this is more fun. Um but I mean it was just something that I was drawn to. I grew up watching major league baseball and that I could see myself playing and I just wanted to I wanted to be a part of it, so I loved it. Yeah. Yeah, for sure. And what about like when did, when did you know you were like kind of like better than the rest? Uh I would say on a certain level it was when I was 13 years old um you know, I played baseball, basketball, soccer growing up, so I was always one of the better kids, you know on on all of my teams, but it's one thing to be good locally and it's another thing to be good and to see what else is out there, right? Um and travel balls different nowadays than it once was, right. Um So I went to I was on the first Connecticut au team, which sounds crazy because there's one by 1994 was the first Connecticut au team and made the team. So I was one of the guys in the state, right? So now I'm like okay I'm one of the best guys in the state and then we went off to the national championship in Des Moines Iowa field of dreams and We won when I don't know if it was 11 and or whatever 12 and also won the National Championship and I made the all tournament team to me whether it was right or wrong, I kind of started thinking of myself of man, I'm one of the best in the country, right? And I'm I made the alternative team against all these, all these guys. Uh maybe it was just a little bit of, You know, pat myself on the back and kind of, I always wanted to be a major leaguer. So now I'm starting to convince my mind that I can compete at that level, but it was, it was 13 years old that that summer was like I'm going for it. Yeah, I mean that's crazy. Just like every, you know, interview obviously a lot of athletes stuff is just like so crazy to me when like people say like that young they knew something was like, It's just like, I don't know, it's like created to me because when I was 13 I was probably just like not thinking like that that's on like not even like that mental, like mentally that's like crazy to me. Well,...

I mean it's with sports, right? We're watching it as young as we are. So you know, you see something and then you either want to be like that or want to be a part of it. I mean music. It's all the same, right? You aspire to be something that you're watching and when you're young. So if you're put in that environment and you want to be there and then that's just how for me at least that's how it stacked up. So, you know. Yeah, for sure. Yeah, I know you're a multi, multi sport athlete. Like you mentioned uh, what, what was your recruiting process like out of high school? Uh, I got more looks when I was younger, like in the early stages of high school for soccer. Um, and then baseball, I went to a couple different showcases, uh, team one at area code games back in the day, which was like the ones now, once again it's like perfect game this, that like this, you can go to a showcase every other weekend. Um, that's like the biggest and the best and everyone is bigger and better. So I did those two showcases in them when I, when I got home from those, uh, the recruiting period open and I'll never forget. It was, I think it was six a.m. The day that the recruiting period open meaning the coaches were allowed to contact the player. Um, and Yale was the first school, the car, six a.m. My phone rang, I'm like, man, this is cool. And then the whole day it was just like call after call after call and I had all, you know, a bunch of letters that I received and I stored all of the letters I put him in uh you know, this big folder and I still have it somewhere. But it was it was the most exciting time in my life because I didn't know exactly which school I wanted to play at. I just knew I wanted to play at the best schools academically and athletically as I could where being from Connecticut, nobody cared about baseball. You know, I could have gone and at the time I'm not downplaying Northeast schools by any means at the time, they weren't at the level they're at today. So I had to, my opinion go down to down south or out west to a baseball school. Because if I play well, there there's less questions than, you know, you just you're doing well up in Connecticut, you know what I mean? Yeah, for sure. Was there, so was there any chance that you were going to play soccer in college or No? Are you sure? Sound basement okay in the recruiting process? No, I I shut everyone down right into being, I'm like, I'm playing baseball, I'm playing baseball. And then when I went to U. N. C. I got hurt after my freshman year and I went in during the fall of the soccer coach had asked me to play soccer and I went into the coach's office coach Fox, and I said, hey, you know, I can't really do anything, my hand is in a cast. Um would you be ok if I played soccer for the fall just to be active, Right? And he goes, yeah, shut the door on your way out. So uh that didn't go over too well in that year. Unc Chapel Hill won the national championship for soccer. Thanks. That's that's crazy. So I missed it or whatever. I don't know if it's I mean, nowadays, I mean, I've seen, you know, you've seen kind of more players play different, obviously they're in the same season, but are you are, you know, no soccer soccer in the fall. Yeah, yeah. So yeah, so, I mean, you've seen it like nowadays, like other play a lot of football players, kind of, not a lot of, but football players usually kind of played baseball in college, like I could think like Jameis, Winston and Russell Wilson and things like that, that that the teams let them play in multiple sports um During the college, that would've been cool. The big difference was those guys did it coming into school, Right? So they recruited...

...two ways. I wasn't. So when I became we'll call property of the baseball team, which is like, now, wait, you were the rookie of the year, you almost hit 400, you led the team in Blah Blah Blah and I'm gonna let you go play uh that was his logic, don't you? Yeah, for sure. Now going back to picking you and see what what were you like uh like your final three schools. So it was actually cal Berkeley um was one Nebraska was another U. N. C. Just trying to think of. So my official business for Arizona state cal Berkeley uh Nebraska, U. N. C. And then my fifth one, I was possibly going to go take a trip down to Wake Forest, not necessarily as an official but as an unofficial. Um But I wanted as much variety as I could. I didn't want a bunch of schools in a specific area and be like, all right, that's the one. So in the demographics you look it's like west southwest California and New England schools. I kind of knew once again I wasn't really gonna gonna look there. Um And then and then chapel Hill came up and I really didn't know enough about the school and after those other three visits and a couple of officials other places I went down there, walked on campus, met some of the guys and I was like this is this is the place. I mean it just it felt more like home. It was like forget closer proximity, but it just felt like I could I could be a big part of that program. Yeah, for sure. Yeah. Now you had a great career there. Um What was your experience like their on and off the field. Uh It was awesome. I mean it was primarily I was there um my major was baseball, my minor was baseball and I attended class just like, and I don't I don't hide from it at all. I had one goal and objective and that was to play major league baseball. I did well at school. It was a challenging school. I'll say that um you know, the courses were tough, the teachers didn't care at least the teachers that I had right, we didn't get the answers to stuff like we had to work and it was, it was a grind but that's I mean that's good. You know, doing multiple things and making sure you hold your responsibilities and also keep your focus where it needs to be kind of two fold because I was a student athlete right? Um but it was great. I mean the school was awesome. The people were tremendous. Um Obviously sports down there are second to none facilities continue. They were good when I was there. They got better while I was there and now they're forget it a whole another whole another world. Um But yeah, I mean I would do it all over again and I would pick it and go there and enjoy my time. Yeah. Yeah, for sure. Now I gotta ask you, did you ever get to meet Michael Jordan? Uh No, never did. Was he like ever on campus? What's that? No, I was saying like was he ever on campus while you were there? You don't know. Uh, he opened 23, the restaurant down there on Franklin Street. So I heard he was there at different times, but I never, I never crossed paths with him. Gotcha. And then yeah, just like your team in general, like you and see you guys had, I think like three or four major leaguers to make it, I don't know how many draft picks, Probably a ton more. What, what was that like? Just uh, like just be drafted and things like that with your teammates. Um, It was, it was awesome because we all share once you get to that level, most of the guys share a similar aspiration right to make it to the big leagues. So the key for the hard part for a coach, right? You're juggling school juggling...

...personalities, you're juggling who is, you know, prospect or not. Um, so it's a, it's a tough thing, but once again as at any level, the elite start to rise right? Even at that, you know, where everyone is still super talented, but then you start seeing certain guys, like really starts to accelerate. Um, so just being around that environment from day one where I was playing with first round guys and the first my freshman year, I think we had like nine guys drafted a first round, second round, third or whatever that whatever it was. So that was now starting to be normal, right? Where in my mind, that's what that's what we're playing with, who I'm playing with, these are my teammates. Um and then I just wanted to be, I wanted to be a part, I wanted to be one of those guys. So it was it was inspiring and challenging at the same time because you always have to keep up your game um and constantly improved because you know, these are the guys that are going on and if this is kind of some of the best of the best, you better pick it up. So it was it was it was awesome. Yeah, for sure. And then what about what, like your decision to leave after junior year, was that like a hard decision or like an easy decision for you? Um Yeah, it was initially Easy and then got hard for about a 1/2 a minute. And what I, what I mean by that is I was gone, like I said third my junior year as things started to go and I was playing well. Um I had a great freshman year, I got hurt, so my sophomore year was a little down, but then by my junior year I kind of felt like I put everything out there from average defense, power numbers, stolen bases on base. Like I didn't feel like there was anything left that I could do to necessarily better my draft position. Um and then you lose leverage going back to school for your senior year. Um But so the only kind of question mark for me was when I got drafted in the 9th round, it wasn't the 1st, 2nd or third round. So I had to think about that. I was told the cubs weren't wasn't a team that wanted to pick me or I wasn't a good fit for them. So I had to think about that. Um and then the last thing was I think coach coaches last plea was, you know, you could break almost every record at U. N. C. Offensively if you come back to school. So I had to think about that. Um, what that what I'm saying like those individual selfish things weren't big enough if he, if I knew that we have a team that was going to uh you know Omaha for instance that would have been a much more thought out kind of process because now I'm weighing is the cup is the best team for me, you know, all those things and all those uh all those variables like they will become, we'll call it more impactful but we weren't going Omaha yet right? It wasn't this. Um, but but I'm glad and the reason why I said I don't care about the cubs not liking or wanting something like me, you got 30 teams, you gotta play no matter what you got to perform. So as long as you give me a jersey glove cleats, no bat and I can go out and play, I had to earn it no matter where I went? Yeah, yeah, for sure. And then um, yeah, just going to the minor leagues, um, you moved up pretty much like every year that you were playing. Um, what, what was just like, I know even back then it was probably the worst. Just like, you know, I know that there's a lot of things going on with the minor leagues now and just like the pay and the travel and things like that in a hotel stay and like what was your experience down there? It was awesome and horrible at the same time. I mean making $850 a month, five month pay scale. I used to explain and like go to...

McDonald's and get a job if you want to make any money right? It it's your, your in poverty literally living in poverty with what we were making and there's no time to get another job. There's nothing else you could do. Um, bus rides were terrible. Living arrangements were terrible, you know, blah blah blah, like not the lap of luxury that you'd be like, I'm a probe, I'm a pro baseball player. It was awful but amazing because that's what I wanted to do. So that none of that stuff mattered and played in at all. It was playing ball, I'm playing pro ball on, I was just getting that much closer to the big leagues that none of it didn't make a difference. Yeah, for sure. What about, was it, was there like a was it like a weird dynamic because like there's some guys that are like instant millionaires that were like first round or second round picks that were on the team. Like was that like a was there like an ego thing or like was it like strange to, you know, be like that playing with people like that? No, I'm not strange. It's just like, all right, you're we're going and your escalate we're going and you might pick up the bill or you know, whatever. But I've never strange, it was only the same thing where I've got to be better than I know what first round is. I know what a first round center fielder looks like in their eyes, I know how he's performing, you're my teammate, but I gotta beat you right? And that's the, I'll say that's the strangest dynamic where you're constantly in competition with your teammate at any sport at any level, but you have to play together and want to win because the winning team gets more attention anyway and your game gets elevated when other people are doing well. So you know, if that I say that's more of a strange dynamic than he got more money than me because in life he got more money, this one got more money, this is a bigger house, whatever, who cares? Yeah, yeah, definitely. Um And what about tell me like your call up story. So call up store. I went to the field and uh we're in Sevierville Tennessee and I went to the field and me and Matt Murder walked in and the our names weren't on the lineup card and we both looked at each other like what the hell is going on? Coach called us into his office and he was a total D bag like treating us like, you know guys, you were like, he made up all this nonsense like you were late or whatever you need to yeah, tuck your shirt in or whatever, like the stupidest things and we're like looking at each other, we're not in the lineup and what, what is this all about? So we didn't, we didn't play that day. We never made it in the game either. And at the end of the game, he called us in the office, he's like, hey guys, I was just kind of messing with you. Um, you're gonna stay behind, we're gonna take a 13 hour bus ride to Jacksonville florida and you're either going to fly to meet us in florida or you're gonna go up to triple A. So man, I looked at each other like, but I see you were not going on the bus, great. Like that was the best part of the whole thing going to triple A would have been great obviously, but so we're watching the game cubs are playing, we had an early game, cubs are playing Atlanta for a double header uh and I got a call from my agent who mutually represented me and matt martin, another outfielder and he's like, hey man, root against the cubs harder than you've ever root against the cubs and I'm like I didn't grow up a cubs fan so I don't care sure like yeah, I'm playing for the organization but you know, you don't have allegiance yet, right? It isn't sinking yet. So we're rooting against them and a thinning Jeff Francoeur comes up who was young, he was a rookie at that time, we had just played against him, he got called up, he had a go ahead home run in the eighth and then they closed it out in the ninth and they swept a doubleheader.

So the cubs were on like eight or nine game losing streak, matt and I are high five and we're hugging, we don't even know what the hell we're excited about. So soon after the game we get a phone call from the our manager who was driving down to florida and he's like listen, I just want to let you know uh you're not going to be meeting the team down in florida, you're not gonna be busting, you're gonna fly down to Miami and you're gonna meet the team down in Miami now, they were going to Jacksonville and he says Miami and I was like wait what what's in Miami and he's like you guys are going to the big leagues So that was like 10 that we turned on baseball tonight and Peter Gammons on there talking about Matt and I and it was it was a special special moment because they always talk about it this way your teammates you're always fighting against to some degree by your teammates when somebody gets called up, you're like, yeah, I'm happy for you. But it's not me right? And anyone that says otherwise they're lying, you're not playing where you're like, oh I'm so much more happy that you made it to the big leagues than me right now. That's a lot. So so matt and I got to share that moment together at the same time and be mutually happy for each other because we're going so that was that was the most special part of the thing And that had to be crazy because you guys both play the outfield. No kidding Yeah. Two from double a gone to the big leagues together. Yeah. And then what? Yeah, what was it like? Just like even just like your first experience just getting like getting to the stadium and like you see in your locker and things like that. Priceless. Not not much more to say other than we got there early stepped on the field, looked out there, you know, no, no fans are there, nobody's out. And it's like we did it like we're here now, go into the locker room, seeing your name, signing the signing that contract, get a lot of cash for meal money or like this more than I mean, y'all all month last month and this is my meal money. You're like this can get fun but more and more importantly than anything. It was, it's time to go to work. It's time to take all the work and all the sacrifices everything we went through and now go out and perform. Yeah. Alright so I gotta tell you, I finally finished your book after like three years. So I finally read it. Obviously I think a lot of people know about the first at bat and um so after after you get hit and things like that, what like say like take me through that next like weaker like months. Uh it was very challenging because I didn't know what was wrong with me. Like I got I had issues right. My vision was all jacked up. My eyes would shift uncontrollably. I have excruciating headaches, couldn't necessarily figure out what was wrong. Um and I was being treated like what's wrong, you know what I mean? Like what's wrong with you? So that started away on me because the last thing in the world that I want is to not be on the field, especially when I'm watching guys get traded for outfielders coming on like it was it was called traumatic to say the least. Uh jerry hairston started, he went from second base. He moved out to center field? And I'm just, I'm watching all this unfold going. It is my window closing. Like, you know, I'm there, I get hit. I'm like, that's my thought process. And then when I got sent down ultimately because they're like, you're not healthy. So you gotta go down. Um, it was really, really tough, really tough. And then I couldn't quite figure out once again what was wrong. So all these issues kept coming back day after day after day. Um, and it got to the point where I was like, I can't do this anymore. And I literally told the coach and the...

...coaching staff and like I can't, I can't play. I mean, and we had it out the coach and I, because same coach that called me up for the manager that called me to wish me luck and congratulations. I'm going to the big leagues. He thought that, um, I was making it up like making up my symptoms and stuff because I didn't have a cast or a neck brace or anything. So it's non visual, I look totally fine. So it weighed on me pretty heavily. Um, and I was wondering as the quality of my life going to ever get back and got to the point where forgot forgetting even baseball and that was the first time in my life that I had ever had that thought? Yeah, yeah, for sure. And then what? like, how was it, like, how long was it till you got back on the field? Like a year, 21 days. 21 days. 21 days. And that was the problem because you were rushing back to the mine early. I basically lied about I'm healthy because I knew I had to be back on the field. If I'm not playing, then I'm my career going by the wayside. So I sat and slept in a neck brace, sitting up for 72 hours to like 72 hours. Symptom free, you can go back and play. So after, Well whatever, 18 days and then I do the neck brace thing and I go and I touch my toes and I do a couple of Jogs and I hit a couple balls. I'm like, yeah, I'm good. And they sent me to double a. Then after my first game, I woke up in the morning, rolled over in bed and all my symptoms came back. So I rushed got off the roster. They took me off the big league roster. Like it was, it was like, boom, boom, boom, like one thing after another. Yeah, yeah, for sure. And then just going into like the following season is like, um, like, I know you, I know you went through like a lot of different tests and things like that. And then like, so what, when did you feel like yourself again? I say like, what year was it? 2006, 2007? I started feeling really good. I was doing the vision training. I started doing vision training with visual edge performance trainer uh, with the Royals in the spring and then had a really good spring. And then for the most part had a very good, it was called a rebound year. Power numbers were up, average was certainly up on base was way up. And so I had, I had a good year. And even in spring training Buddy Bell, who is a manager at the time, he pulled me aside and was like, listen, you keep playing like this, you're gonna be in the big leagues with us. So had the Goodyear came back with the Royals and of course, like not soon after I sign Buddy Bell resigned. So I got a new manager in, in that kind of, it was just one thing after the other over the next few years that were challenging to say the least. Yeah, for sure. Now I know it wasn't glamorous, but you got to play for the bridge for bluefish, uh, which is a hometown town. Uh, so what was it like just to play just in Connecticut, It was awesome. I mean, uh, for those reasons, like I was a pro playing in Connecticut back home and I was always so far away from everyone. No one ever really saw me. The unfortunate part is they didn't see me at the level that I was accustomed to playing at. But nonetheless it was, it was a really good experience and it gave me the opportunity just to keep playing whether I was good or bad. I got to keep playing and keep pursuing my dream. Yeah. And then you got to, when you get to play with your brother like one season. Yeah. Sam Sam got to join the team. Uh So that was an amazing experience because we were, you know, I was so much older than him that never in high school or nothing. So we, we got to play together as...

...professionals. That was great. I got to face Valerio de los santos. The gotta hit me in the head. So I got a hit off him. I mean there was, there was a lot of cool moments that I got to experience there. Yeah, for sure. Isn't it crazy that they like tore it down now? The stadium are they read whatever they do it, there's like a big thing over and stuff. Now I don't even know. So random. Huh? Yeah. And then just tell me about how the campaign started for the one at bat. I believe his name was matt. That started it. Yeah. Matt Liston called me up in the off season of going in 2012 and he's just a baseball fanatic cubs fan knew my story. Um I was watching Field of dreams of his wife and his wife was like, man, I feel bad for that moonlight graham guy? And then that's like moonlight grams. Like let me tell you about Adam Greenberg, blah blah blah blah blah. So he called the contact that I knew at ESPN and got my number, called me up and was like, hey, I want to do a, I want to transcend sports, I want to get you back to the big leagues and whatever. And I'm listening to this guy, I'm like whatever, like whatever dude. But what I heard in his voice was the passion that I talk about all the time. Everything that I do be passionate, good things will happen and just don't quit until you get what you want? Um or you'll find a new pathway to something else. So that's what he did. I said buddy, knock yourself out. I said I'm not playing independent ball anymore, but give me the spring training or whatever. You're no different than an agent, so go do whatever you want to do. Um but I'm not a mockery, don't, don't make me out as a mockery. Like I was a big leaguer and I want to get back and play. So that's how it started and he really changed my life. Mhm Yeah. Like when did it, like when did you find out that the marlins, we're gonna give you one at bat And like what? Like how what was the time period? Like, well how many days was it before that? They were like, so did they tell you like a month before to tell you a couple of days? Yeah, so uh campaign started, I mentioned the offseason going in 2012, like I didn't play that year and I knew the team, Israel was having a team so I needed to stay in shape and ready just in case that happens. So that, that ended up happening, hadn't come down to florida. I went and met with my hidden coach for the first time in years since I had shoulder surgery, he fixed my swing in two hours. I was back to feeling like a big leaguer went down to the team, Israel camp made the team World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament. I'm like, if I play well, we win, we go to the classic in March world stage, I played well, I go to a team right there was, that was how my mind was, was working. So Matt was down there with the film crew. Last game ended, we lost to spain in the championship, which don't even ask, but I went into the clubhouse for the last time in my mind, like my career is over and I really, it was a hard kind of time because at that point I didn't see the pathway to anything And I walked out of the clubhouse after matt called me 50 times and I'm like, dude, I don't want to do an interview, I'm not a good mood, but I'll be courteous and, and do one, but you know, I'm just not going to fake it. So his phone rings at 11:30 PM on Sunday night and it's David Sampson, the president of Marlins and he passed me the phone one and he's like, listen, we were there seven years ago when you got hit, we thought you were okay. Your story came to our attention, We've sent our scouts, we've been watching everything that you've been doing. So like I was being scouted by them at this World baseball Classic And he's like, you were a big with your seven years ago and you're gonna get another shot. You're gonna give him that bat with us October two or whatever. So I don't know the exact date if it was a week or whatever, but it was days that I...

...couldn't say anything to friends or teammates. None. So I went to new york city, went on the Today show with matt Lauer sat on the couch. My life changed forever. Yeah, I mean that's, that's, that's crazy. You got to just keep it a huge secret. Obviously that's a big secret. Um, and then what? Yeah, what was it like, what is the feeling like just to get back there and then, um, just getting the battery box again and then, uh, and then faced the cy young award winner. R a dickey. Yeah. And the knuckleballer to that, right? I mean it was it was magical, it was it was an experience in a day, in a moment that I'll live, it'll live on with me forever. Um you know, putting on the uniform again, being in a big league clubhouse, being treated like a big leaguer, had some former teammates with the Royals or whoever that stood up and spoke on my behalf while I was there in the clubhouse. Just that we call it vouching for me for me to some degree, like he was a big leader, This is not a show, this is not like, like billy Crystal getting a bad, this is this is a guy who is one of us and that's how I was treated and I had to do some stupid dance speedo in front of everyone and like I was raised and and it but it was it was it was great and I got to shag fly balls and like, man, this is home, like I felt I felt alive really? And and I think it was the sixth inning, whatever it was, I went to pinch it and 30,000 people standing ovation cheering one at bat, holding up these signs, the ground was shaking and I'm like, I didn't just jump into the batter's box right away, I stepped in listening, I felt it, I'm like I'm getting out of here, I'm letting it rain, I'm gonna soak it in because I struggled for so many years and I'm like, if this only last three pitches or one or whatever, I'm gonna enjoy it. So uh, yeah, and then facing I r a dickey cy young award winning led the league in strikeouts that year, blah, blah blah. I'm like, whatever course. Here we go. Yeah, for sure. Alright then going, going out of baseball, like tell me about your entrepreneurial ventures. I know you started them while you were in the minor leagues and things like that. So what and what like made you do that? Like what made you have like that? I guess intuition to like start your post career while you were in the minors. Well, I mean, dating back to like childhood, I had a personal services business. I would clean cars, clean garages, we do landscaping anything to make some money. Um, since, but when I was playing as quickly as things came, as quickly as things went right and I knew that and just living, I don't want to call it in poverty, but living on a shoestring that much. It sucked. So I always had aspirations for bigger and better. Um, so I started getting involved in real estate. I was doing three foreclosures in certain cities. I would negotiate with the bank. I would deal with the homeowner, I would save him from foreclosure and you know, meet people who had cash to buy houses. I mean, so that was something that I did and it helped keep me afloat, certainly. Um and then the nutrition business that I started, it was because I had people that helped me really get back on the field and get healthy, so I wanted to give back um and that was the birth of my nutrition business, and so yeah, I started while I was playing ball in Bridgeport in the clubhouse, um but yeah, I mean, I just always had that entrepreneurial spirit to say, and and and baseball was my passion, and I was able to learn so much through sports...

...and baseball and just started kind of transitioning some of my energy and attention um into into some other entrepreneurial ventures. Yeah, yeah, for sure, and now I know you're director of sales for Chandler bats, and then I saw you been doing some analysts work too, so what is, what has that been like, transitioning kind of, like, it's a new rules, I'd say. Yeah, it was cool because for for 10 years I was Kind of out of baseball and it wasn't intentional, it wasn't like I had an ill will or anything like that, um I didn't want to get back on the bus and travel all over. Um but I knew at some 0.1 will be back around the game, so I built my nutrition business, I sold it after 10 years and Chandler bats called and an opportunity they were uh actually in bankruptcy at the time, so they looked at me to help bring them out, um, and did that successfully and went from director of Sales, the Ceo of Chandler to ESPN A. C. C network Uh analysts, so all out 10 years all back in. Um, it's been great. So yeah, yeah, for sure. What is it? I know you, I know you've been a motiva motivational speaker. So what is it, was it like, what's the difference is like to just go on like tv and be analysts? Uh, it's kind of similar, I mean, at the end of the day, I got to call the game and talk about the intricacies. So it's not grandmother shortstop and he flips it over there. Sure, it's never, it's talking about like what goes into the place, what's about to happen, why certain things happen, what you're looking at. I mean, just really analyzing the game itself and having fun in the process because the other day we're supposed to be entertainment for the viewers educational and entertaining. So when I go up and do motivational speaking, I mean, I'm trying to engage and get people interested and excited. So it's just taking that same kind of approach and make it where you're talking to somebody directly and and and bringing them into what you're doing. So I, I genuinely like that side of it. It's been awesome and connected with the players and coaches and doing some interviews and whatnot. It's cool. Yeah, yeah, definitely. And I'm sure you've seen a lot of changes in the A. C. C. Just with like the fields and everything that since you've been there teams feel like it's different. It's awesome. Um What what advice would you give to a young athlete or young baseball player loaded question but advice is just if you if you want to play at whatever level go for it. Um I understand there's going to be hurdles and obstacles and plow through them right and and just never stop never quit. And I mean the book that I wrote get up like the art of perseverance. Just get up no matter what because the value of the lessons that you learned from that or that you take away and the impact that you have another people. It's it's way bigger than just that moment. So if you want something go get it and you know go as far as you can and if you make it awesome if you don't it's not a fail. As long as you gave it everything you got. Yeah for sure. All right. You ready for the last questions of fun questions do it man. All right. What what was your favorite who's your favorite player and team growing up Yankees and don Mattingly. That's why the first baseman and the big hoover love. Mhm. I got you never got to wear 23 though right? When I was young. Young. Yeah I was young. Never after 13. I got the number five handed to me because Greenberg was g fifth in line with alphabetical five. Hank Greenberg, the famous tiger was five. So everyone's like oh is that...

...your grandfather? I'm like yeah sure. Well Hank Greenberg was my grandfather just not the hand dreamer. So they would ask me. Yeah but really like yeah, did you play baseball? Was like yeah the Hank Greenberg like uh That's funny. What do you like to do in your free time? Free time? Uh Do I I don't know if I have anymore. I got three kids. I know it took me like a month to get you on there. So yeah, my bag, I don't know, I love my kids, I love spending time with them playing sports. We do a lot of about fishing, clamming crabbing, berry picking. I mean anything that's outdoors that involves them and stuff that I used to do when I was young. It's that's that's what makes me happy. Alright, last one. Did you get any itch to come out of retirement and try to play for team Israel for the Olympics. Uh Of course yeah. And then they never called, always told him like I said, hey I'll be I'll be a coach and then they agreed like I we'll bring you on his coach and then my whole thought was I'll be a player coach because it might as well. Um it never happened and I mean whatever, I feel physically like I can go play tomorrow but then I always say like yeah but give me about like six months of training to play and then only six months to sound like uh my time is my time because I just I actually just had josh Zedan so we were talking because he came out of retirement to play for them. I mean you know he's a little tired that long ago. Yeah 33 years, yeah I mean eight years ago or whatever you know and he's a picture. All they do is throw had run you can tell my seven to uh Yeah then I mean it was cool though just to see baseball back in the olympics also just um and like all the U. S. I mean it was cool, it was cool and not cool that the the MLB didn't let the MLB players go because then we would have one probably. So yeah agreed. But anyways a pleasure having you as always. Uh and could you let the, could you let the listeners know where they can follow you on social media. Yeah, Adam Greenberg 10 on Twitter and Facebook is just Adam Greenberg, you'll find me. I don't know I either got my kids or me. Um and then instagram I think is the same Adam Greenberg 10 but hit me up, hit paul up check out Chandler baths and check me out on ESPN this episode has been brought to you by B. Usr dot com. Go check it out to get your free $100 bet when you deposit a $100 at b. U S R. Dot com slash paul.

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