Drew Robinson Is Set To Play In Triple-A Game After Suicide Attempt Took His Eye

One year after grabbing a handgun and pressing it to his right temple and pulling the trigger, former Major League player Drew Robinson finds himself miraculously alive and still able to hit a fastball. His baseball abilities are still so strong that the San Francisco Giants are giving Robinson a chance at Triple-A Sacramento where he'll work in the outfield for the River Cats.

If you're not familiar with Robinson's story, it's time to read the work of ESPN's Jeff Passan from February where he tells the improbable survival story that Robinson is living. Twenty hours after trying to commit suicide inside his Las Vegas home due to depression and self-doubt, Robinson survived and is now a "one-eyed professional baseball player" as he wrote on a note to the sports world.

"I'm lucky enough to say that I've made the Giants Triple-A rosters for the Sacramento Rivercats," Robinson wrote Wednesday. "And the fact that we open our season in my hometown of Las Vegas just really can't get anymore full circle. For real though, 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.

"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 work with me on a weekly basis. I kind of started baseball again hesitantly and worked hard just to see what could happen. Plenty of times I went down the road of not thinking it was possible and that I was wasting my time.

"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."

Drew Robinson played in 100 MLB games over three years (Texas and St. Louis) before what transpired on April 16, 2020. Tonight at 7 PST, he'll take the field in Las Vegas to continue living in this movie life of his.

"He has so much more to say and do in his life," Drew's father, Darryl, told Passan. "We're all learning from Drew right now. To be better people."

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Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America. Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league. Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.