Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers minor leaguer Bubba Derby shielded two young women during Las Vegas mass shooting

21 Comments

As you are likely aware, there was a tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night as a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino towards attendees at an outdoor Jason Aldean concert. At least 59 died and over 500 were injured in what was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Brewers minor league pitcher Bubba Derby was in attendance and helped protect two young women he had met at the concert, as MLB.com’s Ben Weinrib reports. Derby was in attendance with family including his parents, aunt, nephew, sister, and brother-in-law.

Derby said, “There were these women who were sitting there literally frozen in fear. We started picking people up and shoveling them to the [exit] toward the back, and we all went that way.”

Derby later met up with his sister and brother-in-law in the lobby of the hotel and began helping people in need of medical assistance.

There’s a ton of people lying on the ground crying, scared. There was a corner that they designated for the wounded. My brother-in-law is a firefighter and used to be an EMT, and you see these people, and they ran over and immediately started helping without hesitating. They’re grabbing gloves, they’re grabbing gauze, bottles of water, they’re helping these victims who are facing injuries that they never thought they’d face in their lives, and they’re scared. They don’t know where their family is. Especially running out of the venue, you see these victims carrying wounded people. It was incredible to see all these people helping each other.

“It was amazing and warming to see these people stay in harm’s way to help other people who seemed helpless. They sat there crumpled with fear, and these people went out of their way, into the eye of the danger, to help. That was incredible. At a time like this, it was refreshing to see in such a negative, negative day.

Derby said that processing everything that happened that night “is definitely going to take a little time on my end.”

Derby, 23, spent his 2017 season with Double-A Bioloxy and Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Brewers acquired him early last year from the Athletics in the Khris Davis trade.

Regardless of which team you root for, it will be easy to cheer for Derby going forward after his acts of heroism on Sunday night.

The Astros gave the Yankees an opening. Keuchel and Verlander will try to close the door.

Associated Press
Leave a comment

If Game 4 of the ALCS had been even remotely conventional, it’d stand at 3-1 in favor of Houston right now. The Yankees’ starter pitched well but got no run support. A mighty Astros team with an ordinarily good closer in Ken Giles had a 4-0 lead in the late innings. As the Yankees set out to mount a comeback, a base runner fell down in between first and second and should’ve been dead to rights. This is playoff baseball, however, so stuff, as they say, happens. The runner was safe, the closer struggled, the Yankees rallied and now we’re tied 2-2.

But are we even at 2-2?

On paper, no, because the Astros now will send Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander out in Games 5 and 6, and that gives them a clear advantage. Keuchel dominated the Yankees in Game 1, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out ten batters. Verlander struck out 13 batters in a 124-pitch complete game in which he allowed only a single run. Beyond the mere facts of the box scores, however, the Yankees have looked profoundly overmatched by both of the Astros’ aces, in this postseason and on other occasions on which they’ve faced off against them. Most notably in the 2015 wild-card game at Yankee Stadium when Keuchel pitched six scoreless innings in the 3-0 victory.

But remember: stuff happens.

Stuff like Aaron Judge‘s and Gary Sanchez‘s bats waking up. The two most important sluggers in the Bombers lineup combined to go 3-for-6 with two doubles, a homer, a walk and five RBI in last night’s victory. Each of them had been silent for the first three games of the series but if they’re heating up, the Yankees will be a lot harder to pitch to.

Stuff like Masahiro Tanaka showing that he can tame the Astros’ lineup. Which he did pretty well in Game 1, giving up only two runs on four hits in six innings. He was overshadowed by Keuchel in that game, but it was a good performance against a strong lineup in a hostile environment. Tanaka pitches much better at Yankee Stadium than he does on the road, so don’t for a second think that the Astros bats will have an easy time of it today.

Stuff like the Yankees bullpen still being the Yankees bullpen. Yes, the Astros got to David Robertson yesterday, but it’s still a strong, strong group that gives the Yankees a clear advantage if the game is close late or if they hold a lead.

All of which is to say that we have ourselves a series, friends. While, 48 hours ago, it seemed like we were on our way to an Astros coronation, the Yankees have shown up in a major way in Games 3 and 4. If you’re an Astros fan you should feel pretty confident with Keuchel and Verlander heading into action over the next two games, but we have learned that absolutely nothing is guaranteed in the postseason.