Jake Peavy won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox and again with the San Francisco Giants. His career, of course, began with the Padres. That’s never been lost on the 41-year-old Peavy, but the memories rushed back in a hurry upon landing in San Diego this week.
“I left here and I started these other journeys,” Peavy said, “and getting a chance to win in Boston and San Francisco really puts those places real relevant at the top of your heart. The longer you were away from here, it just wasn’t easy to fall back into it with all that we had going and being on the East Coast.
“But when I landed the other night and just thinking about the last time we did play here in ’06 and just thinking about how far the Padres’ organization has come and since that time, we had a great owner in John Moores, but what Peter (Seidler) has done and the commitment to this city with the payroll and watching the fans respond, going out and making the biggest moves at the deadline takes committed group.
“They’re all in and that’s exciting.”
Peavy flew west from Alabama to throw the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s NLDS Game 3 in Joe Musgrove’s No. 44 jersey, the one the Grossmont High product wears to honor the No. 44 that he watched as a kid growing up in East County.
The Padres’ 15th-round pick in 1999, Peavy won 92 games in eight years with the Padres. He was an All-Star for the first time in 2005, helping the Padres stage the first-ever postseason games in Petco Park history. Two years later, he was an All-Star again and a 19-game winner as the NL’s unanimous Cy Young-winner.
Peavy pitched another year in San Diego and then he was gone, the organization opting to trade him to the Chicago White Sox early in his four-year, $52 million extension.
Peavy went on to win the World Series with Boston in 2013 and with the Giants the following year.
He played through the 2016 season with the Giants, his stops at Petco Park as a visiting player his last significant time in San Diego before the organization extended the invitation for Saturday’s first pitch.
“Watching Joe do his thing on Sunday (in New York) got me ignited and excited about what was happening in San Diego,” Peavy said. “When I touched down and saw the people at the airport in Padres gear and the flight, people were excited and high-fiving me on the way.”
He added: “I think it’s about time we start talking about San Diego as a sports town. We’ve lost the Chargers. This is the only game in town. The Padres fans are absolutely showing out, from Del Mar on down. I’ve been everywhere since I’ve been here the last few days.
“It feels good. It feels electric.”
And it feels like a romance rekindled and who knows where that can lead.
“I’m very appreciative that they thought of me and made it happen because it was on the Padres,” Peavy said. “I didn’t personally just choose to jump up and come out here. They made an effort and wanted me to be here. That has meant a lot to me and my family.
“I certainly am going to be out here more.”
Yu got next?
Yu Darvish threw in right field Saturday afternoon. As far as what that means for a possible Game 5, Padres manager Bob Melvin was not about to tip his hand in Saturday’s pregame news conference.
“He’s on a schedule; I know that,” Melvin said. “I haven’t talked to him about it yet. We hope we can finish it out today, but I’m sure he’s prepared for anything.”
For the record, Darvish would be on three days’ rest if he were to start a Game 5 on Sunday in Los Angeles. He has never pitched on three days’ rest — in the regular season or in the postseason.
- The MRI on Dodgers SS Trea Turner’s right ring finger revealed a Grade 2 sprain but no fracture, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Turner was considered for DH duty on Saturday but cleared to return to shortstop after a pregame workout. Turner jammed the finger Friday while diving into first base on a pickoff play.