There is no mercy in baseball, so when Chris Jakubauskas got to the hotel lobby about 9 a.m. in Chicago, most of the Seattle Mariners bullpen was waiting for him.
“You can’t ride in our cab,” Mark Lowe told him. “Don’t you have any friends in the rotation?”
Yes, he was joking – and rookie Jakubauskas took the abuse with laughter. He was faulted for pitching and not getting any runs, accused of stealing innings from relievers and of watching Baseball Tonight.
“I didn’t see it,” Jakubauskas insisted.
In the end, Jakubauskas rode in a cab with the relievers.
“He pitched a great game and lost, so part of our job is to get his mind off that,” Kelley said. “Plus, he’s a rookie like me. The abuse never stops when you’re a rookie.”