Jake Peavy Interview

Jake Peavy Interview

Jake Peavy pitched three scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday. He allowed one hit and struck out three on the night.

This is for Jake. You have been involved in key regular season games and post-season games. How did this game compare in terms of competitiveness in terms of wanting to win to a regular season or post-season game or even an All Star game?

Jake Peavy: I wanted to win with everything I had within me. There's a -- I can't tell you the amount of pride you have when you put that uniform on with all of America watching.

And the coolest thing about it is we don't have -- you know, Tommy Lasorda said it this morning. When the Dodgers win a game, the Dodgers fans are happy. America is our fans. We have a pretty big fan base. We don't want to walk out there and let those guys down.

So I can speak only for myself. I can tell you that I had no intentions and no other thoughts other than winning this baseball game today just as we would in playoff games and in big games. Every time you want to win. This game is no different for me.

Jake, you were a first-time All Star last year. Now you're playing for Team USA. You're getting to spend some quality time with some of the best ball players in the game. Are you learning anything from them?

JAKE PEAVY: Sure. You always learn. You learn from everybody, but when you come to the ballpark with, you know, 29 of probably the best players in the game, you watch these guys. You watch Roger Clemens, every move he makes, and you analyze it. You can talk to him and gain some knowledge, but you can watch the ways these guys go about their business and see why they're so successful.

I think you can get knowledge both ways by just watching them and obviously sitting down with them speaking with these guys. You have an opportunity that most guys don't get to have. And I promise you, I'm taking it all in.

You've had two months to think about this and you've been extremely amped up through the whole process. What was it like to finally get out there, and can you describe just your three innings of work, your 23 pitches?

JAKE PEAVY: Well, I'd like right now to publicly thank Buck Martinez for the opportunity I had today. This is -- I've never had a better feeling in my life. It was the coolest thing I have ever done when Team USA took the field today.

I can't even tell you what went through my head. It didn't hit me until then. The National Anthem was just awesome, just putting on the uniform and being down in the pen.

But when the boys in the red, white, and blue took the field today for the first time and the crowds went crazy and you had some Brooks & Dunn Only in America rocking out, I'm telling you, that was the coolest feeling I've ever had as a baseball player with my life with All Star games, playoffs.

And, you know, first inning I didn't make a whole lot of good pitches. Got some outs, probably because I was too amped up, but I did settle down and make some pitches and get some quick outs. It was good to set the tone, get some zeros on the board and let these two boys hit some homers and that was the game.

You guys haven't played together that long or working that long competitive level?

JAKE PEAVY: You walk in the door, and me not being one of those huge name guys, these guys, the Chipper Joneses, the Alex Rodriguezes and Derek Jeters. And you walk in, drop your ego at the door and everybody is buddies when you walk in that clubhouse.

And, you know, we've all went out to dinner and spent time away from here. That's something you don't get to do in an All Star game. Like you said, camaraderie seems pretty doggone good to me and it's only going to get better as we play games and compete together.

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