As if enough things haven’t already gone wrong for Edwin Jackson during his time with the Cubs.
Jackson showed up too late to start yesterday’s game against the A’s because Google Maps sent him to the wrong ballpark. I’ll let Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com explain:
“I actually put it in Google Maps and typed in ‘Oakland Athletics spring training complex,’” Jackson said. “It took me to the old one. I know, it’s crazy, but, yeah, that pretty much sums it up. A crazy, crazy way to start a day.”
Jackson left before the team bus and wound up at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, which is now home to the Arizona State University baseball team. The Cubs still keep a Mesa mailing address by the Tempe/Scottsdale border, with Google Maps saying Sloan Park is 3.6 miles away from Hohokam Stadium.
Because he was late the Cubs had Blake Parker pitch the first inning and then Jackson entered the game later, at which point he allowed eight runs in 1.2 innings of work.
Jackson has two years and $22 million left on his contract, but after back-to-back awful seasons in Chicago he’s not even a sure thing to get the No. 5 spot in the rotation. At this point–warning, bad joke coming!–the Cubs wish he couldn’t find Wrigley Field.