Players slide into bases literally every single day during the season, and aside from the occasional rolled ankle or jammed finger, they almost always get up and walk away unharmed. In February 2011, Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn did not walk away.
Hahn, who was a week into his freshman season after being named Mr. Baseball in California as a high school senior, collided with New Mexico second baseman Kyle Stiner’s knee on a slide at second. He was carried off the field in a stretcher, having suffered a spinal injury and becoming a C5 quadriplegic. Hahn is paralyzed from the chest down.
On Saturday, the Diamondbacks honored Hahn by selecting him in the 34th round of the draft. He, of course, worse #34 for the Sun Devils.
“It was a very emotional selection for us to make,” Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said to the Associated Press on Saturday. “When (scouting director) Ray Montgomery and his staff came up with the idea and presented it to me, it was a no-brainer.