TORONTO -- The baseball has a spot on the top shelf of David Robertson's locker, for now. It is not a milestone in the traditional sense, a souvenir from the ninth save of Robertson's career, but the fact that it is the first one following Mariano Rivera's retirement seems to hold some significance.
Robertson nailed down the final three outs of the Yankees' 4-2 victory over the Astros on Thursday at Minute Maid Park, and he made sure to bring the keepsake ball on the charter flight to Toronto.
"It's not my first one, though; it's not as big of a deal," Robertson said. "I haven't really thought of it that much."
Robertson said that the appearance "felt like a normal big league game," and he seems to be over any novelty of taking the role from Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader with 652. Robertson said that it felt much more important just to lock down a victory.
"It's nice to actually get a win for us," Robertson said. "I didn't have runners all over the place and didn't make it too dramatic, so that was better. I've been known to do that."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.