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This MLB prospect hit his first home run after losing an eye

Drew Robinson hit a home run after he lost his eye in an attempted suicide

St. Louis Cardinals’ Drew Robinson bats during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday.
St. Louis Cardinals’ Drew Robinson bats during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla.
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Sacramento River Cats right fielder Drew Robinson hit a special home run on Tuesday night.

Robinson hit a solo home run in the second inning of a game between the Sacramento River Cats and Las Vegas Aviators — his first home run since he lost his eye in a suicide attempt, according to Bleacher Report.

Robinson attempted suicide back in April 2020 occurred after he had spent time alone in his home during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN. He shot himself while sitting in his home on the living room couch.

Robinson reportedly spent almost an entire day in his home after he shot himself in the head, according to Bleacher Report. He called 911 for help, though. After he was hospitalized, his eye was removed and he was given a prosthetic one.

Robinson told ESPN his survival has a purpose.

  • “This was a huge sign,” he said. “A huge, painful sign that I’m supposed to help people get through something that they don’t think is winnable.”
  • “I’m free now,” he says. “I shot myself, but I killed my ego.”