Arizona Diamondbacks Select Paralyzed Player Cory Hahn

Arizona Diamondbacks Select Paralyzed Player Cory HahnFormer Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn’s journey following paralyzation suffered during his freshman season with the Sun Devils has added another touching layer. As noted by multiple outlets, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Hahn in the 34th round of the 2013 MLB draft on Saturday, 1,020th overall.

‘Freak accident’

The former Sun Devil being drafted in the 34th round was not a coincidence. As noted by Dan Bickley of AZCentral, Hahn wore No. 34 during his short time with the Sun Devils.

In just his third game with the Sun Devils, Hahn reached first base during the first inning of a game against New Mexico. The coaching staff called for a double steal, and as Hahn slid headfirst into the bag, he collided with second baseman Kyle Stiner. The impact of the collision caused a freak accident, leaving Hahn with a broken neck. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, the Arizona State outfielder became a C5 quadriplegic, meaning he was paralyzed from the chest down.

‘Inspiring the uninspired’

It became quite clear that Hahn would not succumb to his fate. As noted in a profile from January by Fox Sports West’s Rayshaun Haylock, Hahn went hard to work, putting the same vigor with which he once played the game into his recovery. He made small progresses, returning to Arizona State last year to pursue his business degree. Even without the ability to walk on the diamond to help his team, Hahn contributed another way—as an assistant coach.

Though the journey is still one of small progresses—Hahn is still unable to walk and his progress going forward is still up in the air—Arizona’s decision to draft him is a big step. On Hahn’s Twitter page, his tag line is “Inspiring the Uninspired.” Having finally realized his dream of being a major league draftee, Hahn’s dream to inspire continues to come true.

Were you inspired by Cory Hahn’s story? Feel free to share your input on this topic!

Source: Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report

Image: Los Angeles Times

And The Happiest States In The U.S. Are…

And The Happiest States In The U.S. Are...If you’re sick of cheerful, happy people, it might be wise to avoid Hawaii or Napa, California. They were found to be the United States’ happiest state and city, respectively, in a recent study of geotagged tweets.

‘Fondness for profanity’

Researchers at the University of Vermont sifted through more than 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 to map out the moods of Americans in urban areas. They ranked the locations based on frequency of positive and negative words using the Mechanical Turk Language Assessment word list.

Maine, Nevada, Utah and Vermont round-out the top five happiest states list, following rainbow and beach-filled Hawaii. Louisiana was found to be the saddest state, followed by Mississippi, Maryland, Michigan and Delaware. One reason for Louisiana’s low cheeriness ranking (they must not have measured during Mardi Gras) is its inhabitants’ fondness for profanity.

‘Coastal areas were more chipper’

The study, which was broken down by The Atlantic, also looked at the results for 373 urban areas to rank the happiest and least-happy cities. Vacation destination Napa, California, was determined to be one of the happiest cities along with Longmont, Colorado; San Clemente, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Santa Cruz, California.

The five most bummed-out cities according to average word choices were Beaumont, Texas; Albany, Georgia; Texas City, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Monroe, Louisiana. Again, researchers found liberal use of swear words to be a key factor in a city’s overall happiness score. Coastal areas were more chipper than landlocked areas, and the cities with a higher density of tweets tended to be less happy.

The research shows that social networks have a lot of promise for these types of surveys, and also that there are still some major limitations. Researchers point out that only 15% of online adults are using Twitter, and those users don’t accurately represent the demographics of the United States.

Do you agree with the results of this study? Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.

Source: Heather Kelly, CNN

Image: The Telegraph