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."They were trying to spell your name," Shawn Kelley said. "And the guy got it right."
"I didn't see it," Jakubauskas insisted."Of course you did," Lowe said. "We've all been there. You stayed up until 1 a.m. just to watch your own highlights!"
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."