UNCASVILLE, CONN.--As much as Yankees fans might hope and wish it won't happen, someone is eventually going to have to take over for Mariano Rivera.
Perhaps the most likely heir apparent for the Sandman is setup man David Robertson, fresh off his All-Star season in which he emerged as a top reliever with a 1.08 ERA and 100 strikeouts.
That's not something at the moment that Robertson is concerning himself with.
"Well, Mo hasn't left yet and I don't think he's going anywhere," Robertson said Friday at the Connecticut Sports Foundation Annual Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction. "The guy's unbelievable. I'm not going to worry about that. That's something out of my control. I just play for the team and try to win."
Rivera is entering the final year of a two-year contract and told the New York Post in November that he might call it quits at the end of the season, but he will know more in spring training.
At Jorge Posada's retirement in January, the former catcher told reporters that Rivera told him this would be his last season, although he said he doesn't believe it will actually be Rivera's last season. Rivera said then that he's not thinking about his retirement.
Eventually, though, it will be Rivera's last season and someone will have to take over the ninth inning, whether that's Robertson or someone else.