David Robertson: New York Yankees' Closer Will Never Be Mariano Rivera, But He'll Still Shine

By Luis Tirado Jr.
David Robertson
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New York Yankees closing pitcher David Robertson sure has some big shoes to fill this upcoming MLB season. It’s not easy replacing a legend, but Robertson will do his very best to impersonate the greatest closer to ever grace the game of professional baseball. Mariano Rivera leaves behind almost two decades worth of memories, clutch moments and of course championship seasons. Just how will Robertson be able to impersonate such enormous success?

It’s easy if you think about it.

He just needs to be himself. Robertson will probably never break as many records as Rivera has in his respective career, but he has a great opportunity to prove he will bring much success to the Yankees. After all, it was Robertson who helped the Yankees win a World Series championship back in 2009 when he pitched 5.1 innings without surrendering a single run. Yeah, it might not have been a major contribution, but when it mattered most, he delivered.

While Robertson will never reach 652 career saves, it’s easy to believe he is definitely going to create his own destiny wearing pinstripes. The past six years he’s been learning the ins and outs of being an effective closing pitcher thanks hugely on his bond with Rivera. It’s an amazing feeling during your first few seasons in the majors to be the main setup man for a baseball legend. You truly learn a lot with each and every game you play with someone of that stature.

Over the years, Robertson paid very close attention to every detail about Rivera. From studying his dangerous cutter to learning how to control yourself in dire situations, you can’t put a price on such experiences to help you grow as a player. Rivera did his very best to give him advice on everything he needed to succeed since he knew one day it would be up to him to pick up where he left off.

Given the situation, Robertson is surely excited about being a major part in the next chapter of life after Rivera. It would be unfair to compare the two — which most Yankee fans might do at first — but patience is a great virtue to have in life. Given time, Robertson will definitely turn into solid closer for the Yankees.

Robertson will truly shine since he learned from the best of the best, and now it’s now his turn to deliver.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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