Jake Peavy was 44-1 in four seasons at St. Paul’s Episcopal High in Mobile, Ala. He led the Saints to a state championship as a senior, winning 13 games on the mound and hitting .443.
His middle-class parents sacrificed so Jake could attend the private school. His goal was to pay them back by earning a college scholarship.
It is here where a simple story takes a sharp turn and reveals much about the pitcher the Red Sox obtained from the White Sox July 30.
Peavy longed to attend the University of Alabama, but when it offered only to pay for his books, he turned to its archrival, Auburn.
“I thought to myself, ‘I’ll show Alabama what they missed out on,’ ” he said. “Man, I had a chip on my shoulder.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.