Gold Glover Jake Peavy proud of his all-around prowess
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org April 7, 2013 9:46PM
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Addison Reed #43 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the 9th inning against the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field on April 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Mariners 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Updated: April 7, 2013 11:12PM
The way Jake Peavy sees it, he got his Gold Glove award while the getting was good. With ex-teammate Mark Buehrle back in the American League after one year with the Miami Marlins, the White Sox right-hander joked that his chances of landing another one are slim.
“It’s something I feel very blessed to have won,” said Peavy, who received the award before the Sox’ 4-3 victory over the Mariners in 10 innings Sunday. “When you get to the age I’ve gotten to , you try to be as well-rounded of a player as you can possibly be. Fielding your position, getting off the mound and holding baserunners is something I take a lot of pride in. To be recognized for that is an honor.”
Peavy shared the award with the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jeremy Hellickson. They are the first recipients of the award other than Buehrle since 2008.
The subject of being an all-around player was a talking point as the Sox prepare to play interleague games against the Washington Nationals this week. Sox hitters will have to hit, which is the way Peavy, who came up in the National League with the San Diego Padres, likes it.
“I love the National League game,’’ said Peavy, a career .177 hitter with two homers and 27 RBI — not bad for a pitcher. “It’s a game I played for quite a while, and I do understand the strategy.
“I wanted to stay in the National League. Once you say you want to stay in the National League, it’s ‘You’re afraid to pitch in the American League.’ That has nothing to do with it. I signed back in the American League [to stay with the Sox].’’
Peavy (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will open the Sox’ 10-game road trip against the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday. He can’t wait.
“I love the pitcher being an integral part of the game,’’ he said. “You’re being an athlete and having a chance to impact the game. If you practice being better than the other guy, it’s one advantage you have over the other starting pitcher.”