Jake Peavy on D&C: ‘I haven’t even really thought about playing in 2015′
|02.26.14 at 10:49 am ET|
Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to talk about his future, his transition to Boston last summer, and comparisons between Boston and Chicago. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
“I have no plans, I have no set plans at this point in time of my career,” Peavy said. “I’m crazy blessed, this will be my 13th year in the major leagues. We have all come together, once again, with one goal in mind, and that’s to win the World Series in 2014. We understand the process that it takes to get there and we’re focused daily at the task at hand, and that’s really all I can tell you. I haven’t even really thought about playing in 2015.”
When Peavy was traded to the Red Sox, he knew there were players, including Jonny Gomes, he didn’t like.
“Jonny Gomes was a guy I particularly didn’t care for, playing against,” Peavy said. “I didn’t — I thought it was more about him, I thought it was showmanship. I wanted Mike Napoli to button up his jersey. Just stuff from the other side. It’s good, I don’t want to like the opposition.”
On his first day at the clubhouse, Peavy tried to get there first but was beaten by Gomes, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Dustin Pedroia.
“When I walked in this clubhouse at 12 noon, there were three players already in the clubhouse, which blew me away that on a home game these guys were there already,” Peavy said. “Pedroia was there, Saltalamacchia and Jonny Gomes were in the clubhouse. Within 30 seconds, and I’m not exaggerating this story, of speaking to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, he said to me, ‘We’re going to win the World Series.’ And those words came out of his mouth.”
Added Peavy: “When I said to Jonny Gomes, ‘Hey Jonny, how you doing?’ And here’s the quote that everybody thinks is funny, he says, ‘Aww, I’m doing wonderful, it’s just another day closer to the parade.’ And for a second, for a split-second, I didn’t realize what he was speaking of. You know, I hadn’t been around that lingo and that spirit that all you guys had been familiar with. … And then it hit me, this guy is talking about the World Series parade.”
While Peavy enjoyed his time in Chicago, the 32-year-old noted how Boston has a different feel to it.
“A great place, Chicago, once again, big market, great city, but just the — going to U.S. Cellular Field every day and there being [10,000], 15,000 people in it, and not much of an atmosphere,” Peavy said. “To leave that and go into a place where at 12 noon, walking down the street, you feel the atmosphere and the intensity starting to build for a 7 o’clock game, even before you go to the ballpark with people speaking to you. It’s a different animal, it’s certainly a huge advantage for us as a ball club.”
Added Peavy: “Sometimes we don’t feel like playing. I hate to say that. You get run down, you get tired. You get home late, you turn right around, you play in a few games, then you have to wake up at 8:30 in the morning and get there and play a day game. You get beat down, you get run down. When you step out into the atmosphere that Fenway Park always brings, you can’t help but be ready to go.”
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