When the White Sox traded for Jake Peavy in 2009, they had visions of him being their No. 1 postseason starter, but they were never able to parlay the Peavy trade into a postseason berth.
Now, Peavy will get a shot to help the Red Sox stave off the Rays, who sit one game behind them in the AL East, and make his first postseason start since 2006 with the San Diego Padres.
The 32-year-old veteran right-hander was introduced to the media at Fenway Park Thursday night and can't wait to get started with his new team.
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"I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here today,” Peavy said. “Obviously with the tradition of the Boston Red Sox, coming in as a visiting player at Fenway Park and always relishing the opportunity to play in such a historic ballpark in front of a great fan base ... it was always a fun place to play on the road."
Peavy will be reunited with his former assistant pitching coach with the White Sox, Juan Nieves, and said that it will be "huge for him."
After spending part of five seasons in Chicago, Peavy is ready to call Boston home.
"I couldn't be any more excited to be here to call this home, to join such a franchise with a lot of history and huge expectations," Peavy said. "I expect to go out and be a part, to win on my day and just to be the best teammate I can be."
The White Sox will see Peavy and the Red Sox for a weekend series in Boston beginning Friday, Aug. 30.