Jake Peavy says White Sox teammates didn’t take offense to remarks
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com June 20, 2012 10:48PM
White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy says he heard no negative feedback from teammates after his outburst Tuesday. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
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Updated: July 23, 2012 7:37AM
Hearing footsteps from the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians is making the White Sox a little uneasy.
That was evident hearing Sox pitcher Jake Peavy’s impassioned thoughts after his tough 2-1 loss Tuesday against the Cubs. Peavy let everyone know the Sox, himself included, have to be better than this if they have designs on beating those teams out in the American League Central race.
During his pep talk, Peavy paused to ask what the Indians did that night.
“Won on a walk-off homer,” came the reply.
“Oh, my,’’ Peavy said.
On Wednesday, before the Sox tried to salvage the third game of three with the Cubs at home, Peavy said he heard no negative feedback from teammates about what he said. Nobody in black pinstripes expressed a gripe to him about them. Adam Dunn agreed.
“We have to be more consistent,’’ Dunn said.
“I wasn’t calling anybody out,’’ Peavy said. “At the same time, I was speaking the truth and what has to happen. We’re not playing terrible baseball, but we’re not doing the little things we need to do to win these tight one-run games.
“I think if you ask anybody in the clubhouse, they’ll tell you we have to play better than we have the last week and a half. It’s just the fact of the matter. And I’m speaking of myself, too, of the games I’m losing. I have to find a way to win those.’’
Peavy had just finished his third complete game, tied for the AL lead, and lost one of them for the second time. The defeat clinched the Sox’ fifth consecutive series loss, which is no way to win a division. This one really hurt, coming against the lowly Cubs, whom the Sox had swept at Wrigley Field in May. And it knocked them out of first place for the first time since May 28.
“It’s frustrating losing the series,’’ Peavy said after the game. “We lost three in a row now, and if we want to be a first-place team, there’s no excuse.
“I don’t mean any disrespect, but a team playing the way the Cubs have been playing, we got to beat those teams. Please don’t take that out of context because the Cubs are a big-league team, and you got to show up every night because any team can beat anybody. But teams that we feel we should beat that aren’t playing that well, we got to show up and take advantage of these opportunities.
‘‘Detroit is coming. And we know Cleveland isn’t going anywhere.’’
Second baseman Gordon Beckham said the Sox had to avoid getting swept and have to fight their way through tough times.
“You go through ups and downs,’’ Beckham said. “When you’re cold, you have to grind it out and be warm enough to help the team win. We’ve had some guys who at the wrong time aren’t clicking. We don’t have one guy that’s tearing it up right now.’’
“I don’t think, by any means, this team has lost any confidence,’’ Peavy said. “This team has shown it can play with anybody on any given day. The bottom line is we’ve been a little too streaky.’’
Playing better at home would be a start. The Sox were 16-20 at U.S. Cellular Field going into Wednesday’s game.
“It bothers all of us,’’ Peavy said. “We don’t want to lose, especially in front of our fans. We want our fans to come out and support us. And you got to win and you got to win at home and have a good atmosphere.
‘‘But we’re fine. We got a long way to go. We got too many veterans in here that are going to grind it out and make sure this team’s confidence stays high. And we got enough in here to do it. It’s just a matter of fact of grinding it out and playing a tad bit better and coming out on the good side of things instead of like we are the past few.”