2/12 Jackson: “I was a peacemaker”
Edwin Jackson is now a member of the Cubs, not fighting them as he did last Sept. 6. On that day, benches cleared in the game between the Cubs and Nationals after Chicago’s Lendy Castillo threw inside to Bryce Harper. Where was Jackson during the fight?
“I wasn’t a negotiator,” Jackson said Tuesday, “but I was kind of right there.”
Video replays show Jackson charging out of the dugout along with his teammates and needing to be restrained by Washington bench coach Randy Knorr.
“I was a peacemaker, but I was right there,” Jackson said. “Somehow I end up in the middle regardless of whether I’m doing anything or not. I can just be standing around, just watching everyone and observing and oh, like, ‘Oh man, I’m in the middle.'”
The television cameras caught Jackson yelling from the sidelines and the Nationals broadcasters said the pitcher was “still hot” after the players had been separated. Jackson said he didn’t recall specifics.
“I was just standing around, watching what was going on,” he said.
Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger was fined and suspended one game after the incident. On Wednesday, Clevenger caught Jackson’s bullpen session without incident.
“We’ve talked,” Clevenger said. “He’s a good guy.”
– Carrie Muskat