Catching up with old friends: Jake Peavy returns to Fenway

Posted on Jul 19 2016 - 12:48am by Clint Chandler
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was part of the Red Sox roster for a little less than a year when he was brought over from the Chicago White Sox in the summer of 2013, but his impact within the clubhouse and his veteran leadership proved to be crucial to Boston winning the World Series three years ago.

When the Red Sox take the field tonight to open up their interleague series against the San Francisco Giants for the first time since 2007, they will be greeted from the mound by a familiar face. Donning the Giants’ orange and black, 35-year-old pitcher Jake Peavy, who won the World Series in 2013 with Boston, will be facing his former team.

Coming to Boston in July of 2013 from the Chicago White Sox, Peavy was part of a three-team trade in which the Red Sox at the time were mainly looking to add depth and a proven reliable pitcher to the rotation. Peavy picked up a win in his opening debut with the Red Sox in August and closed out the 2013 regular season with a somewhat respectable 4.04 ERA.

Although Peavy’s 7.11 ERA was less than spectacular in the playoffs for the Red Sox in 2013, his veteran leadership and his ability to fit right into the mold of that roster proved to be an integral part of Boston eventually winning the championship.

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Peavy added to the celebrations of winning his first World Series by purchasing one of the iconic duck boats, which are used to give visitors to Boston a unique tour of the city and almost more famously used to celebrate Boston sports team’s championships.

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Following the 2013 World Series parade through Boston, Peavy left an impression on Red Sox fans by purchasing a duck boat as a souvenir to commemorate his first championship.

Since finding a home in 2014 with the Giants, Peavy has had better luck late in his career with an overall 19-17 record.

The Red Sox will square off against the Giants at 7:10 PM in Fenway Park, where Boston’s starting pitcher Rick Porcello will look to extend his 8-0 streak at home this season.

 
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