Compelled to return home during the team’s off day on Thursday, Robertson arrived at the Yankees clubhouse tonight haunted by the images of damage and despair, worried about the long road to recovery.
"You see the pictures and everything, and when you get down there and you see how wide it is and how much it destroyed," Robertson said. "It just kept going. It was like 6.2 miles through Tuscaloosa, just straight devastation. There’s nothing but piles of rubble left."
Robertson’s family, which still lives in the area, was spared from the damage. Others weren’t so lucky.
In response to the disaster, he established the David and Erin Robertson Foundation, with the goal of raising money for the relief effort. He has established a website — highsocksforhope.com — named by his wife after his signature look on the mound.
"The headache stuff is available," Cashman said yesterday before last night's 4-3 loss to the pitching-rich, hitting-poor Mariners at Safeco Field. "That will always be available, 24/7, 12 months a year. The quality stuff is not available."