Giant-minor leaguer Drew Robinson hits first homer since loss of eye in unsuccessful suicide attempt

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Just over a year after losing his right eye in a botched suicide attempt, San Francisco Giants minor leaguer Drew Robinson homered for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Tuesday night in the final chapter of his remarkable comeback story.

Robinson, 29, shot himself in the head at his Las Vegas home in April 2020, only to wake up the next day with a loose eyeball. He managed to call 911 almost 20 hours after shooting himself ESPN.com, and rescuers were able to save his life. He ultimately needed 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 homerun of the season in the bullpen over the right field wall.

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Drew Robinson, 29, shot himself in the head at his Las Vegas home in April 2020, but woke up the next day with a loose 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 needed 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 in the bullpen in the right field.

Drew Robinson, 29, shot himself in the head at his Las Vegas home in April 2020, but woke up the next day with a loose 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 needed 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 in the bullpen in the right field.

Just over a year after losing his right eye in a botched suicide attempt, San Francisco Giants minor leaguer Drew Robinson homered Tuesday night for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats in the final chapter of his remarkable comeback story

Robinson actually played his native Las Vegas on Tuesday, where he shot himself and later started training again in hopes of resuming his career.  His family was in the crowd and Robinson pointed to them as he walked home

Just over a year after losing his right eye in a botched suicide attempt, San Francisco Giants minor leaguer Drew Robinson homered for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Tuesday night in the final chapter of his remarkable comeback story. Robinson actually played his native Las Vegas on Tuesday, where he shot himself and later started training again in hopes of resuming his career. His family was in the crowd and Robinson pointed to them as he walked home (right)

Robinson, who is still on therapy, is open about his second chance.  'Often times I took to the road without thinking it was possible and this was me wasting my time,' he wrote on Twitter.  But here I am, getting ready to play another pro season, with an astronomical amount of meaning to it.  This is so much bigger than me.  I am excited, nervous, powerful and more importantly, ready for a magical experience.  '

Robinson, who is still on therapy, is open about his second chance. ‘Often times I took to the road without thinking it was possible and this was me wasting my time,’ he wrote on Twitter. But here I am, getting ready to play another pro season, with an astronomical amount of meaning to it. This is so much bigger than me. I am excited, nervous, powerful and more importantly, ready for a magical experience. ‘

To make the moment even better was the fact that his family was in the crowd. Images of the solo homer divided by Jeff Passan from ESPN on Twitter, Robinson showed himself 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. “He who points to them at the end is all that is good in this world.”

Robinson started the season with a 0-for-8 slump, but homered, doubled and now singled in the last two games in Las Vegas.

It was actually at the Las Vegas Ballpark where Robinson first resumed training after not committing suicide with a gun on April 16, 2020.

‘My first games back, after all that happened, being home to all the people who helped me through my incident and this last year as a whole? I feel like I’m living a movie, ” Robinson wrote on Twitter.

‘I really can’t believe it and find it hard to put into words how much this means to me, my family, my circle of people, all the doctors who brought me back together and the doctors who work with me on a weekly basis . ‘

Robinson, who is still on therapy, is open about his second chance.

“Often times I took to the road without thinking it was possible and this was me wasting my time,” he wrote. But here I am, getting ready to play another pro season, with an astronomical amount of meaning to it. This is so much bigger than me. I am excited, nervous, powerful and more importantly, ready for a magical experience. ‘

Robinson struggled with mental health for years before purchasing a gun in March 2020, coinciding with the start of the pandemic that resulted in the cancellation of the minor league baseball season. According to ESPN, Robinson had also called off his marriage to his fiancé, Daiana, as his depression was exacerbated by his struggles to make it to the Major Leagues.

Robinson has documented his recovery from eye and head surgery, while also returning to the gym so he could resume his minor league baseball career.

Robinson has documented his recovery from eye and head surgery, while also returning to the gym so he could resume his minor league baseball career.

Robinson recently revealed that he lost 28 pounds while recovering from surgery, but he has since returned to the gym and is now back on the field a year after shooting himself.

Robinson recently revealed that he lost 28 pounds while recovering from surgery, but he has since returned to the gym and is now back on the field a year after shooting himself.

Weeks later, Robinson wrote a suicide note apologizing to Daiana and his family before deciding to pull the trigger.

Robinson almost attempted suicide again the next morning after waking up with a distant eye, but instead called 911. He now says he survived the ordeal because he was meant to help others in that situation.

“How can I get through this and not find a way to try to help other people or influence the lives of others?” he said. ‘Just let this happen and just get on with my life the way I was before? There is no way. This was a huge sign. A huge, painful sign that I need to help people get through something they think can’t be won. ‘

Robinson was a fourth-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers 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 RBI’s. He spent most of the 2019 season at Triple-A Memphis, hitting .265 with six home runs, 28 RBI’s and 28 runs in 55 games.

The Giants signed Robinson as a free agent in January 2020 after the Cardinals released him. Impressed with his training in the minor league camp this spring, the Giants have assigned him to Sacramento. He converted to the outfield from the infield.

Robinson, a converted infielder, now plays in the outfield and still hopes to reach the majors

Robinson, a converted infielder, now plays in the outfield and still hopes to reach the majors

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