"I listened to them and watched them all the time on radio and TV," the Padres right-hander said. "Every now and then, we'd scrape up enough money to go see them play."
Peavy, naturally, took special interest in Braves pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. "I liked them all," Peavy said.
Which adds to any Peavy appearance against the Braves.
Monday night at Petco Park, the 24-year-old Peavy squared off against one of his childhood heroes for the second time this season.
And although Peavy pitched one of the greatest games in Padres history, Smoltz again won the day by shutting out the Padres for seven innings.
Peavy set a Padres record by striking out 16 Braves in seven innings. That is also the most strikeouts by a major league pitcher since Mark Prior struck out 16 on Sept. 30, 2004.
But he again lost to the Braves and Smoltz.
This time the score was 3-1. On April 15, Peavy lost a 2-0 decision to Smoltz and the Braves. Two games, five runs allowed, two losses.
The loss dropped Peavy to 3-5 in 10 starts this season. In his three wins, the Padres scored 24 runs. In his other seven starts, the Padres scored 11 runs. Two of his losses came in shutouts.
REPLAY: Atlanta's Ryan Langerhans ruined Jake Peavy's effort with a two-run homer in the second inning that barely topped the leaping Dave Roberts at the left field wall. Langerhans' homer followed an infield single by Jeff Francouer up the third base line.
Peavy then retired 17 of the last 19 hitters he faced, 13 by strikeouts, but he and the Padres suffered a 3-1 loss.