If so, the guy who took the torch doesn’t know about it.
“Not really,” Robertson said. “(Thursday) night was such an emotional night, I didn’t know what to expect. I found myself holding back tears because it was sad; it was his last time to pitch in Yankee Stadium. It was a really different experience.
“I don’t feel like any of the passing of the torch has been done because I don’t know what’s going to happen next year. I haven’t been told anything. I closed out (last night)’s game, but that’s (one night). I don’t know what’s going to happen next year. It’s just sad to know that that’s it. You’re not going to see him pitch again in Yankee Stadium.”
Robertson has always been very practical about the situation. He’d clearly like to be the closer — he was a closer in college, a reliever all through the minors, and how many guys in that situation wouldn’t want the ninth inning — but there is not line of succession. Being the setup man one year, doesn’t mean Robertson takes over for the closer the next year.
When given the chance to close very briefly in 2012 — immediately after Rivera’s injury and right before Rafael Soriano took the job — Robertson struggled, and admitted being nervous in the role. He thinks things would be different next time, and he seems to know they would have to be different for him to legitimately move into such a high-profile job.
“The first couple times I tried it, it was different because Mo wasn’t coming back,” Robertson said. “There was no way he could pitch that year. I felt a lot of pressure on me really quickly because no one expected him to get injured. When I had to step in and hold it down a couple days, I felt like there was a lot of pressure on me. It’s the same thing; you have to make good pitches. I got roughed up a couple times. I know it’s hard, but the situation was different then than it will hopefully be next year.”
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