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Jake Peavy: pressure got to the White Sox last year

Jan 30, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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Chuck Garfien of spoke with Jake Peavy, who said something you rarely hear ballplayers say: pressure got to the White Sox last year:

“I think you saw that when things got on the line and we were the team to beat there, being in first place down the stretch and that pressure, you feel the immaturity as a club as a whole. I’m not just saying the young guys. I’m talking about myself, the Adam Dunn’s, the Paul Konerko’s. That’s our job to keep everyone calm and keep us holding on.”

Normally you hear guys say that they simply didn’t make plays, it is what it is, the other guys got hot, etc.  Interesting and unusual to hear Peavy be so frank as to say “hey, we couldn’t handle the pressure.”

Peavy goes on to talk about other stuff, including how he was convinced that 2012 was going to be his last season in the bigs. That, of course, was the feeling before the season, which saw Peavy make a welcome and somewhat unexpected return to form.

Good interview. Check it out.

  1. mattyflex - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Late in the season, his future with the pale hose seemed bleak. Fox Sports did an in-game interview with him, and he talked about how there were a lot of things clicking around Kansas City’s ball club and how much he enjoyed spending time in KC… I was disappointed when he was re-signed; I thought for sure Kansas City would make a play for him on the cheap. I like Peavy a lot and even as a division rival, he’s alright in my book.

  2. jlovenotjlo - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Peavy seems like a great guy and I’m a huge fan of his attitude on and off the field. That being said, this is kinda crap. The white sox had a 3 game lead with 15 games to go and went 2-10 in the next 12 games. They were in 1st practically the entire season and at 3 games back Detroit wasn’t exactly surging or breathing down their necks. A lot of these guys were on the 2008 team that barely got to the tiebreaker game and won that one 1-0. They can handle pressure, they just stopped hitting to a maddening extent. Yes, I’m still bitter

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