Jake Peavy has developed into a hockey fan because of the Blackhawks run but he isn’t a diehard.
But the White Sox pitcher found a way Tuesday to put it on his terms as to what the Stanley Cup champions accomplished when they scored twice in a span of 17 seconds to win Game 6 and the series.
“That’s hitting a three-run homer down two with two outs in the ninth,” Peavy said. “That's why you play the game and play the game to the end. You really felt, and I don't know much about hockey, that Boston was in control and really outplayed the Blackhawks for the most part. You felt that way if you saw the scoring chances, but that's why you play the game. What better way would you want to win it than showing we'll play hard for 60 minutes? As an athlete, you respect the way it happens. And that right there is why you say you never know what's going to happen. They're world champions. … That phrase. If you're an athlete, is there a better phrase?”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura also enjoyed the experience. He was watching the game, but had he not seen the reaction of those nearby would have told him what had happened.
“You could hear it on the street when they scored,” Ventura said. “It's exciting. You’re happy for the fans and you're happy for the team, the coaches, the players, everybody. The way they won, coming back late. I think that was probably what made it a little better because you're looking at Game 7 in an instant there. I don't think Boston expected to be pulling their goalie at about three minutes left and all of the sudden they're pulling the goalie with about a minute left. It was fun to watch.”