Just over one year after losing his right eye in a failed suicide attempt, San Francisco Giants minor leaguer Drew Robinson homered for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Tuesday night in the latest chapter of his remarkable comeback story.
Robinson, 29, shot himself in the head at his Las Vegas home in April of 2020, only to awake the following day with a detached eyeball. He managed to call 911 nearly 20 hours after shooting himself, according to ESPN.com, and emergency responders were able to save his life. He ultimately required four surgeries, including the removal of his right eye.
The newfound mental health advocate has since decided to return to baseball, and on Tuesday in his native Las Vegas, Robinson launched his first home run of the season into the bullpen over the right field wall.
Here¿s the perspective of Drew Robinson¿s home run tonight from his family in the stands. Him pointing to them at the end is everything that¿s good in this world. pic.twitter.com/pKd6ZTSj55— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 12, 2021
Making the moment even better was the fact that his family was in the crowd. Footage of the solo homer shared by ESPN's Jeff Passan on Twitter showed Robinson crossing home plate and pointing in the direction of family members, one of whom captured the moment on their phone.
'Here's the perspective of Drew Robinson's home run tonight from his family in the stands,' Passan tweeted. 'Him pointing to them at the end is everything that's good in this world.'
Robinson started the season on an 0-for-8 slump, but has now homered, doubled, and singled in the last two games in Las Vegas.
It was actually at the Las Vegas Ballpark where Robinson first began working out again after failing to commit suicide with a handgun on April 16, 2020.
'My first games back, after everything that's happened, are at home in front of all the people that got me through my incident and this last year as a whole? It feels like I'm living out a movie,' Robinson wrote on Twitter.
'I really can't believe it and have a hard time putting it into words how much this means to me, my family, my circle of people, all the doctors that put me back together, and the doctors that work with me on a weekly basis.'
Robinson, who continues to undergo therapy, has open about his second chance.
'Plenty of times I went down the road of not thinking it was possible and this I was wasting my time,' he wrote. 'But here I am, getting ready to play another professional season, with an astronomical amount of meaning attached to it. This is so much bigger than me. I'm excited, nervous, empowered and more importantly, ready for a magical experience.'
Robinson had struggled with mental health for years before buying a handgun in March of 2020, which coincided with the beginning of the pandemic that resulted in the cancelation of the minor league baseball season. According to ESPN, Robinson had also called off his wedding with his fiancée, Daiana, as his depression worsened over his struggles to make it to the Major Leagues.
Weeks later, Robinson wrote a suicide note, apologizing to Daiana and his family, before deciding to pull the trigger.
Robinson nearly attempted another suicide attempt the following morning after awaking with a detached eye, but instead called 911. He now says he survived the ordeal because he's meant to help others in that situation.
'How can I go through this and not find a way to try to help other people or impact other people's lives?' he said. 'Just have this happen and just move on with my life the way I was before? There's no way. This was a huge sign. A huge, painful sign that I'm supposed to help people get through something that they don't think is winnable.'
Robinson was a fourth-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers out of Silverado High School in Las Vegas in 2010, and he toiled in the minors until 2017.
He played in 100 games with the Rangers (2017-18) and St. Louis Cardinals (2019), hitting .202 with nine homers and 22 RBIs. He spent most of the 2019 season at Triple-A Memphis, where he hit .265 with six home runs, 28 RBIs and 28 runs in 55 games.
The Giants signed Robinson in January 2020 as a free agent after the Cardinals released him. Impressed by his workouts at minor-league camp this spring, the Giants assigned him to Sacramento. He's converted to the outfield from the infield.