MESA, Ariz. -- This could only happen to Edwin Jackson, right? Fighting for his roster spot on the Chicago Cubs as spring training winds down, Jackson was late for his scheduled start against Oakland on Tuesday because he got lost getting to Hohokam Park in Mesa where the Athletics play their games.
"I typed in Oakland Athletics spring training complex and it took me to the old one," Jackson said. "I know it was crazy."
Jackson arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium only to find there was no game. The A's moved out this season and now play where the Cubs used to train. Jackson's first year as a Cub in 2013 was their last at Hohokam. Jackson said he arrived at 12:40 p.m. for the 1 p.m. game but instead of scrambling to get him ready, the Cubs decided to pitch him beginning in the second inning. Things did not go well.
"Just one of those days where they just hit the ball," Jackson said.
Jackson gave up nine hits, including seven consecutive, and eight runs in 1.2 innings pitched. It looked as if the A's were having batting practice with Jackson as their coach pitching to them. He claims his late arrival had nothing to do with his struggles -- and considering his past woes it's hard to know if it did. Either way, Jackson did not give much for Cubs brass to get excited about.
"It was a crazy way to start the day," Jackson said.
His finish wasn't great either.