The beginning of David Robertson's Major League career finds him trying to help the Yankees stay in a divisional race with the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. The 23-year-old former University of Alabama star hadn't pitched in front of a crowd of more than 12,000 fans before his big league debut during a "Subway Series" game at Shea Stadium on June 29. He recently answered some questions from MLBPLAYERS.com:
08/15/2008 12:51 PM ET
Q&A with Yankee David Robertson
Alabama native getting a taste of the Big Apple
By Jeff Moeller / MLBPLAYERS.com
MLBPLAYERS.com: You came to the big leagues in late June for the first time. How are you enjoying this experience?
Robertson: It has been amazing. It has been pretty much everything I thought it would be -- big crowds and big situations. I am just trying to go out there and get guys out.
MLBPLAYERS.com: You aren't part of just any team. You are a member of the New York Yankees. Does that make this rookie season more special?
Robertson: For sure. There isn't anyone who wouldn't want to play for the Yankees. It's been a great experience so far. I'm just hoping to stay here and keep doing the things I've been doing.
MLBPLAYERS.com: As you look at your club's roster, there are several guys who are going to the Hall of Fame, and there are guys here who have been in multiple All-Star Games. How do you feel you are fitting in?
Robertson: Basically, since I am a new guy here, I just try and stay out of the way. I'm trying to find my spot in the clubhouse. I talk to some of the older guys when I get a chance and stay out of the way when I don't. I just don't want to get on anybody's nerves.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Can you talk about your first game, which was at Shea Stadium in a "Subway Series" contest?
Robertson: I was really excited, and I was really nervous. I think I was more nervous sitting in the bullpen when the phone rang. When they said my name, I got out there and got through my first inning, but I gave up a run. In all, I think it was a good first outing. I struggled, but I got through it.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What do you think you have learned the most these past few weeks?
Robertson: Nothing has really surprised me. Everything is new since I have never been here before. When I came up here, I didn't know what to expect. I had never been at a big league camp before. I had never really been to a Major League game before, so this is all so new to me.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What other levels have you pitched at this year?
Robertson: I have pitched at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and at Trenton. We had a good group of guys at both places. Pitching there was fun, but I'm glad to be here compared to being there.
MLBPLAYERS.com: You are a native of Alabama. Had you been to New York City before?
Robertson: I was born in Birmingham, but I grew up in Tuscaloosa. I had never been here before, and I can say that I don't like the traffic. Other than that, I've enjoyed living and playing in New York.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What do you like to do back home for fun?
Robertson: Hunting and fishing. I do it all the time.
Jeff Moeller is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.