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Jake Peavy on M&M: ‘I want to win with every last ounce in me’

08.28.13 at 2:06 pm ET
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Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy checked in with Mut & Merloni on Wednesday afternoon during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.

Peavy pitched the Red Sox to an 8-1 win over the Dodgers on Sunday night with a complete-game three-hitter. He also donated $300 for every strikeout in the game by either team, totaling $3,600, in recognition of his 300th major league start and in tribute to his grandmother Dama Lolley and former Padres coach Darrel Akerfelds, who recently lost battles with cancer.

“The last year I lost two, dear, dear people to me and dear friends,” Peavy said. “At the end of the day we’ve done some fundraising stuff throughout the year for cancer research and stuff, but I wanted the Boston people to know I’m on board. I’m from this town now whether they want me to be or not. I’m going to jump in with both feet.”

Peavy, acquired from the White Sox last month, is known as a competitive player with a bulldog mentality.

“I think a lot has to do with the way I was raised, with my father, and how competitive I was,” he said. “It wasn’t, as you just said, always the smartest thing in the world [to go after the best hitters instead of working around them], but I think with my age I’ve gotten a little bit smarter and learned how to pick and choose my battles.”

He also isn’t hesitant to show emotion on the mound, although he said he hopes his actions don’t come off as disrespectful toward anyone, including umpires and opposing players.

“This being my 12th season, most of the umpires, as you know, have been around, and they’ll get schooled before the game if they haven’t been about my yelling,” he said. “The same way with the opposition; it’s never any disrespect toward anybody. It’s just, I’m an emotional-type guy. I wear my emotions on my sleeve. If I keep that bottled up, it’s not going to be good. It’s all going to come out at some point in time. I would rather it come out in little bits and pieces than me try to hold it in.

“When Adrian Gonzalez hits a home run on an 0-2 pitch you can see a blowup that most people probably wouldn’t want to see. When I make one of those noncompetitive pitches I just get so frustrated. You strive for perfection. Nobody can be that way, but you’re never going to get as close as you can get unless you strive for that.

“I hope people don’t get angry at me when I do start yelling and stuff, because I promise you it’s all that competitive energy and I want to win with every last ounce in me.”

Peavy also showed some frustration when he was pulled from his previous start against the Giants, a game the Sox would go on to lose when the Sox bullpen coughed up Peavy’s lead. In his next outing, the right-hander was able to convince manager John Farrell to let him stay in the game to the end.

“It meant something to me to finish that game [in Los Angeles],” Peavy said. “In my start before, I didn’t want to come out of the game then. John felt it was the right move for the team and came and got me after 5 2/3 there in San Francisco. We had a lead, with Brandon Crawford up, and I really, really wanted to stay in that game. But I do understand at the end of the day you listen and answer to higher authorities. I did [show emotion upon being pulled], but I wanted to show my teammates and this town that I do have what it takes.”

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