The Arizona Diamondbacks is a team that could've used some solid draft picks after being such a middling franchise for the past few seasons. But sometimes it's more than just about the game, and Arizona showed just that in the 34th round of the MLB Draft.
The Diamondbacks' 1020th pick was Cory Hahn, a former outfielder out of Arizona State University. In 2011, Hahn suffered a spinal injury after he slid headfirst while attempting to steal a base and colliding with the second baseman. His C-5 vertebrae was fractured and he was paralyzed from the chest down. This happened just a week into his freshman season.
While his career was cut short, Hahn will still be able to be part of professional baseball because of Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall and co.'s heartfelt move:
It's not about us. It's really about Cory and his family. I was able to spend time with them right after the injury in his hospital room and he's a wonderful kid. We want to make this permanent. We don't want this to just be about the selection and him being a draft pick, but about him working in full-time employment with the Diamondbacks and hopefully we'll make that come to fruition for he and his family here soon.
Hopefully heartfelt MLB moments like this becomes more of a thing this season. Earlier this year, Todd Frazier of the Reds hit a home run after his promise to the batboy, who has Down Syndrome.
Moments like those make fans proud.
I cannot thank the @dbacks enough for what they have done! So humbled and will be forever grateful! So honored to be a diamondback!— Coryhahn34 (@Coryhahn34) June 9, 2013
Arizona's decision to pick Hahn in the 34th round referred to the uniform number he wore back at ASU.