Peavy set to start Wednesday in World Series
The uniform he is wearing keeps changing and so do his teammates, but Dallas County area resident Jake Peavy keeps finding himself in the World Series.
Jake, who was traded July 27 from the Boston Red Sox to the San Francisco Giants, has taken a familiar path back to the Fall Classic.
Just a year ago, Jake was traded from the struggling Chicago White to the Red Sox around midseason and then helped Boston win the World Series.
The red hot Giants are 8-2 this postseason and are hoping Jake can help them win it all. He’s projected to start Wednesday’s game two against the Kansas City Royals.
“I honestly don’t know if he feels like a good luck charm,” Jake’s father Danny Peavy said. “But what’s funny is a good month before the trade stuff ever happened, with the direction the Red Sox were headed in, I remember him saying ‘The year before last, I was on a terrible team and toward the end of my contract and got traded to a contender. This year the same thing will happen.’ He knew he was going to go.”
The trade might have been the best thing that could have happened to Jake. In the first part of the year, he was struggling and posted a 1-9 record for the Red Sox.
Jake has appeared revitalized in San Francisco, going 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 appearances with the Giants during the regular season.
Jake has accomplished just about everything in his career, including winning the Cy Young award in 2007 as a member of the San Diego Padres. However, he’s had some poor luck in the postseason and recently won his first career postseason game Nov. 3 against the Washington Nationals in the NLDS.
“I’m glad he finally got it. That’s what I told him when he won against [Stephen] Strasburg in the first series in Washington,” Danny said. “I said doggone son we’re going on 14 years into your career and we are still trying to get monkeys off our back.”
Jake got a major monkey off his back last season when he helped the Red Sox win the World Series, which was his first championship. He started in game three of last year’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals but ended up with a no decision. Danny said the title meant more to his son than any other individual honor ever could.
“A team championship means more to him than the Cy Young, the all-stars, anything,” Danny said. “That Cy Young is like you stick a feather in your cap. It’s almost like a Heisman Trophy deal, but he said the accomplishment you feel when you do it with a group of 25 guys doesn’t even compare.”
Jake celebrated in his own unique way, buying the duck boat that carried him around Boston during the world championship parade. This year Jake has hinted to other media outlets that he could be interested in buying a cable car if the Giants win it all. Danny said he hasn’t heard that from Jake, but has another idea of how he could celebrate as well.
“We have a little mini Fenway [Park] built here …[and] I’m telling him we have a lake that is off to the right side field side of the field,” Danny said. “Why don’t we just dig a canal in there and have a little miniature McCovey Cove?”
McCovey Cove is the unofficial name of the San Francisco Bay beyond the right field wall of AT&T Park where many home run balls are hit.
Regardless of how the World Series turns out, Danny said Jake would like to pitch for a few more years.
“He would like to play for a couple more years, but it’s always during the offseason an assessment of your body…” Danny said. “I know he pitches every five days, but he goes out there for 100 to 120 pitches and it’s everything he’s got. Years of doing that just takes a toll on your body.”
Danny said he will fly to San Francisco in time to see Friday’s game three. He was in San Francisco last week to watch Jake pitch in the NLCS against the Cardinals.
Game two of the World Series is scheduled to start at 8:07 eastern time Wednesday. Peavy is expected to match up against Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura.