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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.