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Jake Peavy on D&C: ‘I haven’t even really thought about playing in 2015′

02.26.14 at 10:49 am ET
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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.

Peavy hasn’t looked beyond the upcoming season, focusing on helping the Red Sox repeat as World Series champions.

“I have no plans, I have no set plans at this point in time of my career,”€ Peavy said. “€œI’€™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.

“€œWhen 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: “€œWhen 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. “€œTo 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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