While getting to know Bowdien "Bubba" Derby, it didn't take long to notice a small detail that makes him different than a lot of athletes. Getting drafted to the MLB out of college can leave a lot of room for highlighting strikeout records and boasting an impressive ERA as a rookie. Instead, he highlighted the importance of thinking simple – one pitch at a time – and boasting about following God's plan for him, not his own.
Here's "My 10" with Bubba Derby, Rookie Pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers:
1. What makes you stronger?
To be honest, the thing that makes me stronger is the thought of people doubting me or not respecting me as an athlete. It makes me work harder.
2. What number best represents you and why?
Number 11 has always been my favorite number. It's a number that my whole family uses for sports and the number represents unity in my family.
3. List 3 words that describe you as a teammate:
Encouraging, helpful, fun.
4. What 3 people have inspired or influenced you the most?
Well, my dad was the first person to introduce me to the game and has always been a big part of my career. Second would be an accumulation of my sisters and mom because they have always been able to encourage me to continue chasing my dream. Lastly, my high school coach/mentor has been like a second dad to me. It's tough to only give credit to a few people when so many have helped me along the way.
5. You're headed to the Milwaukee Brewers after getting traded from the Oakland A's. Outside of the baseball diamond, what 3 places are you looking forward to most in Milwaukee?
To be honest I do not know much about the Milwaukee area. I'm just looking forward to playing for their organization and learning about the history from all of the cities I'll be visiting.
6. What are your 3 favorite things besides baseball?
Besides baseball I've always had a huge passion for cars. Mostly classic muscle cars. It's a hobby my dad and I have shared for years. Family is also something I pride myself in. I spend as much time with them as I can. I hate missing out on time with them. Like most people, I am a big fan of music. I played the guitar for a few years and am planning on picking it back up soon.
7. If you had to pick a lyric from a song to describe yourself, what would it be? Why?
"If you never leave home, never let go, you'll never make it to the great unknown so just keep your eyes open." - Keep your eyes open by Needtobreathe. This song has always helped when leaving my family behind for a long period of time.
8. What does baseball mean to you and what do you think you mean to baseball?
Baseball has always been my life. Most of my best friends have come from baseball and it has always been my escape from school. Not a day goes by where I don't imagine myself playing in the big leagues. And so many great players come through the game and everyone has something great to offer. For me I believe my shorter stature can show people that you don't need to be 6"4' to be a good pitcher and if you want it bad enough, nothing should get in your way of getting where you want to go.
9. If you could be undefeated in one thing in your life, what would it be? Why?
Well the first thing that comes to mind is obviously baseball. Being a pitcher who never gets beaten is a big deal. So for me it would have to be a starting pitcher that always wins.
10. What is your favorite Bible verse and how do you use it in your life and in your sport?
I have many bible verses I live my life by. A very common one is Philippians 4:13. Another one I especially like (because it relates to me being a pitcher) is Psalms 144:1, "Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle."
LIFE LESSON I LEARNED IN SPORTS
Rookie Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers
I could sit here and talk all day about Life Lessons I've Learned In Sports. One thing I always try to remember is that no just in sports, but in all aspects of life, there are only a certain amount of things you can control. For baseball, I can only control so much. I can't control if the batter hits it or not, or if a guy makes an error behind me. So I keep my thinking simple and that is, one pitch at a time. I believe God has a plan for you and for everyone so I try my best to stick to His plan. So at the end of the day, I try not to think about the uncontrollable thinks and focus more on the things I can control like my work ethic and just being a good person and teammate.
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