MESA, Ariz. -- Today they're laughing together. Five months ago, Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger was flailing at anything in a Washington Nationals uniform, and Edwin Jackson - a guy in a Nats uniform - was being held back as he shouted and pointed over several teammates at Clevenger.
Jackson, smiling, still feigns dismay and memory lapse over the suggestion he was particularly animated during last September's bench-clearing incident between the Cubs and his Nationals team in Washington.
But he remembers enough about that night to bring a memento to spring training for his new teammate, Clevenger:
``He's got a new nickname,'' Jackson said, `` `Money.' ''
``I guess 'cause he got fined, and it cost him money,'' Clevenger said, laughing.
Clevenger who also was fined - ejected and suspended, too -- never encountered Jackson personally before that night. Jackson, the Cubs' big free agent this off-season, never met Clevenger before becoming the Cubs' newest starting pitcher this winter.
Any hard feelings were long gone by the time Jackson threw his first practice pitch to Clevenger.
``It is what it is,'' Clevenger said. ``We talked about it. It's over. We're teammates now, and we kind of laugh about it and joke about it.''