But more than anything, it’s a shared sense of purpose.
“I’m like a lot of the guys in here,” said Peavy. “We’ve accomplished things individually that are great, but the focus is to win the World Series. For me, that’s really all there is.”
Peavy was 0-2 in two postseason starts with the Padres, giving up 13 earned runs over 9⅔ innings against the Cardinals. In 2005, he pitched with broken ribs and didn’t get though five innings. In ’06, a two-run homer by Albert Pujols led to a loss.
“The opportunity to get back there, to pitch in another postseason game, would be something I’d be very grateful for,” Peavy said.
Unless there’s a parade to attend, Peavy won’t stick around Boston for long once the season ends. He still lives in Semmes, raising three sons with his wife, Katie. The family lives on land Jake once played on as a child.
“I’m a country boy,” he said. “But the idea of pitching in the World Series in a place like Boston, what could be better than that?”