Replacing a legend is never easy… just ask Tino Martinez or whoever plays shortstop for the Yankees next season. Heck, even Mickey Mantle was booed when he took over for Joe DiMaggio in center field in 1951.
During spring training, David Robertson admitted that he was not replacing Mariano Rivera: “You can’t replace legends. Somebody like Mo, you may never see again the game of baseball… But he’s gone now. Someone has got to take over that role… It’s just that I will never be Mo. I hope people can understand that.”
Robertson is correct in that he’ll never be Mo, but he is doing his best impersonation of him this season.
And yet the biggest storyline here might be that there is no story. Robertson is dominating the ninth inning and somehow has flown under the radar as one of best closers this season.
Let’s take a few minutes now to appreciate the underrated awesomeness of D-Rob in 2014.…