Best new for White Sox fans and followers happened last night at about 6:45p. Jake Peavy immerged from the dugout, in uniform, and with that look of a man who is ready to get back to his job.
I talked to Peavy 18 times from February to March, and I can tall you that there was no one more excited to be pitching than him.
When he came back from the pen right before the game, the fans were cheering for him, and yelling his name. Most players, before games, are so focused, they hear very little of what is being yelled. Peavy actually slowed down, and waved to the people. I know he loves the attention, but for fans, you can’t meet a more accommodating guy.
It didn’t look like he would be around long. The Angels made him work, needing 24 pitches to get through the 1st inning. It should have been a scoreless inning, but Pierre was unable to corral Hunters long drive. It hit his glove, than popped out. It should have been Pierre’s 6th error of the season, but it was ruled a base hit and RBI.
By the 3rd inning, Peavy had thrown 57 pitches, but had struck out 3.
Hard to believe that is was almost 1 year ago that Peavy suffered the Lat tear against these Angels, that nearly ended his career.
He went 6 innings, throwing 87 pitches, 64 for strikes. He topped out at 92mph, which is about standard for him. He didn’t get the win, but I think that would have been icing on the cake. The big thing was getting back out on the mound, or as he might say, “His home away from home”.