Transcript for Diamondbacks Use 34th Draft Pick on Paralyzed Baseball Player
Cory hahn was a star ball player until heccident on the field left him paralyzed. But his hopes of a career in the sport never flagged. And once he me team made that dream come true. As a high school senior cory hahn was named california's mr. Baseball. So good, he was drafted by the major league's arizona diamondbacks but opted to go to college instead. To play for arizona sta but in just his third game as a sun defshlgs he slid head first into second base and in a freak accident, hit his head on an opposing player's knee, frak turg his spinal cord. Next thing you know I'm on my side, I see the ball trickling into the outfield. I'm like get up, go to third. That was the opportunity for me. I just remember my body wouldn't respond. I didn't know what was going on. I couldn't get up. Significant in the dugout i remember looking at him and he was laying down and I was just hoping and praying that he was knocked out. That was one of the worst moments in my life in coaching. Reporter: Cory was paralyzed from the chest down. Left to c-5 quadripalegi. Highs dreams over in an tint. Difficult to cope with. Reporter: He was in and out of hospitals and then therapy. Do you believe? Reporter: With just one year later he'd be back on the field not as a pleaer but as a coach. And then, just a few days ago, a surprise that would floor him. A phone call from the arizona diamondbacks. Just want to know how you fool about us taking you in the 34 of the draft? Reporter: Informing cory they wanted to draft him to make him once again a member of their team. We proudly and humbly select, redraft, hahn, cory. Exciting for me, a tremendous honor just to have them back in my life and to know I'll be part of the game. Reporter: And perhaps best of all, this wasn't just a symbolic gesture from the diamondbacks. We want to make this permanent. Not just about the selection but about working here in full time with the diamondbacks. Reporter: Wake up every day and give it everything you got and never taking things for granted because I'm a living testament to that. A champion of the human spirit. And you should make it clear, 34th round draft pick is valuable, a lot of players that will play in the major leagues picked at that point. The diamondbacks meant it. To coach and community outreach. So mankids, so many adults who need to know they can do what he's done. He's been an inspiration. Great person. Wonderful kid. Best of luck to you, cory. That is tremendous out of you arizona diamond dlt babacks.
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