Drew Robinson is a professional baseball player who can hit home runs while having just one eye.
Drew Robinson, 29, lost his right eye in a suicide attempt 13 months ago. As he realised he was still alive after that attempt, he dialled 911.
In Sacramento’s 10-7 defeat to the Las Vegas Aviators on Tuesday, the River Cats outfielder hit a solo homerun.
“Chills. Tears of every emotion in the book while rounding the bases,” Robinson wrote on social media.
Robinson went 2-for-3 with a walk in the game. He began the season by going hitless in his first eight at-bats, but he’s demonstrating that he still possesses the skills that propelled him to the majors four years ago.
Robinson’s mental health problems were compounded by his loss in the majors. With the assistance of ESPN reporter Jeff Passan, he told his storey to the public in February.
“I’m here for a reason,” Robinson said.
“Robinson’s suicide attempt wasn’t a snap decision. According to Passan’s reporting, Robinson had struggled with his mental health for years, and his help-seeking efforts didn’t alleviate his depression and suicidal ideation.
The COVID-19 pandemic compounded the situation. The baseball world came to a standstill on March 12, and Robinson retreated to isolation at his house in Las Vegas. He had just called off his wedding with his fiancée, Daiana, as he doubted his ability to get back to the Majors after signing a Minor League deal with the Giants in January and didn’t want to continue to put her through the difficulties and hardships associated with that life.
Robinson picked up a handgun from a local store on March 30. 16 days later, he decided to go through with it.”
Robinson lost an eye, but he regained his will to live and continued to play baseball. He hopes that his experience will encourage others to persevere, regardless of their circumstances.
“I’m just proof that if you focus on the right perspectives and you focus on the right things, you’ll see hints of pure joy for life,” Drew told ESPN. “And I think it’s a beautiful thing, and it’s a powerful thing. No matter how bad things seem at that time, it’s not as important as the next day, the next minute, of making that change to help yourself.”