08/14/2008 1:46 PM ET
Damaso Marte: Enjoying the pinstripes
Consistency the key for left-handed setup man
For me, there isn't a big difference between playing for the Pirates and playing for the Yankees. The teams are in different spots in the standings, but my job is to play baseball. Playing the game is my profession, and I try not to let anything else change or affect that.
I could be playing with the Yankees, like I am now, or with the Pirates, like I did at the start of the season. I could be playing with the White Sox, like I did when we won the championship in 2005, or I could be playing in Japan. I try to keep the same mindset.
My role with the Yankees is pretty similar to what my role was with the Pirates. It's basically a setup role where I see a lot of action in the eighth inning. I'm seeing a lot of the same type of situations that I've seen before, and I'm just looking to go out there, throw strikes and execute my pitches.
There are some differences, though. I pitch at Yankee Stadium, which provides a lot of energy and noise. It's also exciting to be part of a pennant race again. It's exciting to come to the ballpark every day and know that every game counts.
Off the field, I'm making the typical adjustments of a player traded in midseason. I live in a hotel, and I'm getting to know my new teammates and city.
It's easier to make a transition when there are some familiar faces. I knew some of the guys here before; plus it was helpful that I came over in the trade with my teammate, Xavier Nady. He's off to a strong start for our new team, so I'm very happy for him.
It's been a few weeks now since I was traded from the Pirates to the Yankees. So far, it has been a lot of fun, and I'm happy to be a part of this team.
Damaso Marte, a veteran left-handed reliever, joined the Yankees in late July. In addition to his two stints with the Pirates, Marte has previously pitched for the Mariners and White Sox. He's a combined 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 56 appearances this season.