Drew Robinson’s inspirational journey back to baseball keeps getting better.
The 29-year-old outfielder, who lost his right eye in a suicide attempt last year, hit his first home run of the season for the Sacramento River Cats — the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate — on Tuesday.
The home run came in the top of the second inning with one out when Robinson hit a high-flying drive over the right field wall.
What made it even better was Robinson did it in his hometown of Las Vegas as the River Cats were in town to face the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s.
Robinson’s story was publicized in a detailed profile by ESPN’s Jeff Passan in February which examined his mental health issues and told the story of how he survived shooting himself in a suicide attempt last spring during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
From 2017-19, Robinson spent parts of those three seasons playing with the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals but could not quite stick around permanently on an MLB club.
Following his suicide attempt, Robinson attempted a return to baseball despite losing his eye and was invited to the San Francisco Giants spring training, whose farm system he was in at the start of last year, and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate.
While Robinson’s story is much bigger than baseball, the fact that he is on the field and playing again at all is an incredible feat in itself as his story continues to be an inspiration.