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Brewers prospect honors memory of Vegas shooting victims on glove (pic)

Milwaukee Brewers prospect Bowdien “Bubba” Derby is honoring the 58 people who lost their lives in the Las Vegas massacre last October with a tribute to the victims on his glove.

Derby has had “58 Strong” embroidered on his glove, and the fact that he emerged as one of the heroic figures from that tragic day makes the tribute resonate that much more.

Derby is credited with saving the lives of two strangers, acting as a human shield when gunman Stephen Paddock open fired upon a large crowd below from an upper-floor hotel room in Mandalay Bay.

“It’s as much of a tribute as I can think of for the 58 souls that were lost on the night I was there,” Derby told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy. “It’s just something for those families and those people to let them know they’ll never be forgotten and they’re always in my heart, and I’m always thinking about them.”

Derby not surprisingly often thinks of the terrors he experienced during the shooting. But the 24-year-old Brewers prospect is grateful for how the game of baseball has helped him start to move on from the tragedy.

“It’s nice getting back to my routine, seeing a lot of my close friends and just being with the boys,” Derby said. “For a few rough months after the incident, it’s hard to go about your day thinking about what happened. You ask yourself some questions that you typically don’t want to ask yourself.

“Getting back after it is really nice. It just kind of helps me forget about everything and get back to work.”