DETROIT – Starling Marte is usually an upbeat presence in the Pirates’ clubhouse with his easygoing manner and carefree attitude.
However, Marte admitted he hasn‘t been himself lately or had much fun in the early part of the season. He has struggled at the plate, looking completely lost at times.
“I always try to be happy, be the guy laughing and joking because I like to have fun,” Marte told me in his ever-improving English. “It’s been tough, though. I want to get hits. I want to help the team. I don’t like when it feels like I’m not doing enough to help the team win.
“The rest of the guys have been really good in the clubhouse, though. They keep joking with me, trying to make me laugh, making sure I keep my head up.”