This is a strangely hot topic, with different opinions among every one of us who are blowing off work (or New Testament class in my case) to read PSA. I'm not trying to get blown up for my opinion, I'm just voicing it.
D-Rob has earned this job. First off, he is your prototypical Yankee, and I believe that Mo would want D-Rob to be the guy to come in after him. I'm a big fan of the "Yankee Mold." Someone who is going to look the part, play the part, and most importantly, act the part. Robertson is just that, he comes in, does his job, and only occasionally will we get a skip off the mound, or even a minor fist pump.
The biggest external option that everyone was talking about was Grant Balfor. I mean no disrespect to Grant Balfor when I say this, but we would be doing Mariano Rivera an injustice by allowing him to close games in a Yankee Uniform, this year at least. Balfor is an eccentric guy. He thrives off of being so pumped up off of adrenaline, that he needs those crazy fans, that blaring rock music, and his yelling at batters to keep his high, and to be successful.
I don't want to have a guy like that now, or ever. Again, not that it's bad, it just doesn't fit in to what I (as a 19 year old kid) have grown up believing a closer should look like.
When David Robertson broke into the league a few years ago, he was instantly my second favorite pitcher (Mo) in the league... Sounds weird right, what kind of a kid idolizes a set up man? I liked him because he was a younger, lankier, pasty white carbon copy of Mariano Rivera. D Rob has been carrying himself as a Man, and a Yankee should for the duration of his time in the league. He has been one of the best in the business at the set up man role, and has worked through most of his control issues.The progress that he has made has been astounding. I remember a few years ago, where we had to replace him with Rafeal Soriano because he was being a little tentative closing out games, I think the change was too sudden for a guy who has always been a set up man to take over for his mentor right as the season starts. Not to mention that his mentor was the GOAT. Possibly the first unanimous HOF selection ever. He was ready to close at that time, but he wasn't prepared to close.. If that makes since.
This is why I'm a fan of naming the closer NOW as opposed to when the season starts. Now David has time to start thinking of himself as the closer, rather than Mariano's replacement. We're showing great faith in D-Rob, and it is, indeed, well deserved.