SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – It certainly was not a typical opening night for the Sacramento River Cats.
For starters, only about 3,000 or so fans were allowed in to watch the game. And if you felt like it, you could get a shot and a beer — as in a vaccine shot and then a free beer or hot dog.
Then, there is River Cats utility player Drew Robinson who has a unique story.
“And every once in a while I find myself just kind of thinking like, man, I’m really doing this with one eye.’” Robinson said.
Robinson only has one eye. Two weeks ago his story went national.
Robinson tried to take his own life 13 months ago, losing his eye to a gunshot wound.
“It’s OK to not be OK. You hear that saying a lot, and I think that is right on because I was the perfect example, living proof of the stigma that is going on,” Robinson told FOX40. “Looking like everything is great from the outside but inside really struggling.”
He has 100% embraced his new role of baseball player and mentor to anyone who will listen.
“Just trying to break that barrier and let people, you know, find that realization that it’s OK to talk about things. It’s OK to tell someone that you’re close with what is going on, and it’s OK not to be OK at times,” Robinson said.
He admits all the attention has not made it easy to focus on playing the game of baseball. But he would not change a thing.
“That was one of my issues, was putting a lot of pressure on myself. So I’m learning that getting back into baseball, it didn’t just go away,” Robinson explained. “It’s something that is still there — that I have to work on. And now there is a new level of pressure that I’m finding with myself that being a spokesman, or an advocate for this stuff. You can’t ever have a bad day. You’ve got to spread positivity.”
“This is totally my calling. This is something I’m going to dive right into and try to do the best I can to help people,” Robinson added.