The 5 most inspiring St. Louis Cardinals of the decade
The story of Drew Robinson is a difficult one to read. A career .202 hitter in three major league seasons, two with the Texas Rangers, Robinson attempted to take his own life on April 16, 2020, by shooting himself in the head. This article from Jeff Passan describes Robinson’s struggle with mental health, his suicide attempt and his second chance at life.
Robinson appeared at a San Francisco Giants game on Sept. 9, 2020, a day before World Suicide Prevention Day, and spoke about his experience and his desire to help others struggling with mental health.
While Robinson attempted a major league comeback in 2021, it wasn’t in the cards, as he only hit .115 in the minor leagues. Robinson retired from playing in July 2021, and he joined the front office of the San Francisco Giants to serve as a mental health advocate.
Robinson’s courage to open up about his mental health and his choice to help others struggling with similar issues show that players can use the darkest points in their lives to empathize with others and become beacons of hope to people who need them.
These five players showed that they were able to overcome tremendous obstacles placed in their paths, whether they occurred on the diamond or away from it, and their abilities to beat the odds should give fans the motivation to keep marching forward in their own lives.