"I have had so many ups and downs with my baseball career. There were times, like when I left Pittsburgh, that I wondered whether if this was going to be the last time I stepped on a big league field. There were so many injuries and bad luck," said Pearce, who turns 30 this month. "It made me a better person, I fought through it, I overcame it and I was in the big leagues last year with three teams. And now I made it on an Opening Day roster, incredible."