David Robertson’s rough outing last night would be remembered a whole lot differently had Derek Jeter not come through with a walk-off hit following the closer’s blown save.
The legend Robertson replaced, Mariano Rivera, even joked about the situation after the game, saying now we can all remember how Robertson gave up two homers on purpose so that Jeter could get even more glory.
Here is Robertson’s sense of relief, in his own words:
[I went] from pretty much the all-time low to all-time high. Thankfully the game was still tied and we weren’t losing. So I could live with myself at least a little bit. That was a heartbreaker though to give up two home runs to two good hitters, but it worked out. I was really down, but now I can walk away and go to sleep tonight.
It created another Derek Jeter moment. As much as I wished I wouldn’t have created it, I’m glad it happened.
It should also be noted that, while he’ll never be able to fill Rivera’s Hall of Fame-sized shoes, Robertson has been very good this season by converting 88 percent of his save chances with a 3.13 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 63 innings. And he’ll cash in big as a free agent this offseason.