“The Bulldog” AKA Jake Peavy: Is He Set For A Dominant 2013?
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Monday February 18th, 2013
By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): Follow @brianm731
What does someone do when they tear a muscle away from the bone? You immediately walk off the field and head to the locker room. That’s what Jake Peavy did in 2010 when he was pitching against the Angels at US Cellular Field. This was a first in MLB, a detached latissimus dorsi muscle. A little more than a week later, Peavy had surgery to re-attach the muscle, ending his 2010 season. Unfortunately, injuries have been a common theme for Peavy since he was traded to Chicago in 2009. He was still suffering from a strained tendon in his ankle when the Sox acquired him, and injury that allowed only him 3 starts with his new team. But, those 3 starts turned into 3 wins, and a sparkling 1.35 ERA.
This was supposed to be sign of things to come for Peavy in a White Sox uniform. But in 2010, he suffered the devastating muscle injury, and didn’t seem to be completely recovered until the 2012 season. In 2011, Peavy had probably the worst season of his career. He appeared in only 19 games, including one relief appearance, and had to be shut down before the season even ended. He battled through several different ailments, but always had a “never pull me out of the game” attitude, thus earning the nickname Bulldog from Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson. Peavy entered 2012 knowing that it could be his last season with the Sox.
Jake Peavy highlights in 2012 – Mature Lyrics so Parental Guidance is advised
2012 turned out to be (so far) Peavy’s best season in Chicago. He posted a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts with 194 Strikeouts. While he only compiled an 11-12 record in 2012, those of us that watch the Sox every day know that he didn’t get much run support. Peavy ended up on the American League ALL star team. He even won his first Gold Glove award. The Gold Glove is something White Sox fans had grown accustomed to seeing their ALL star pitcher win on a yearly basis. Mark Buehrle won GG awards for three straight seasons from 2009-2011 before his departure to the Miami Marlins. After the 2012 season, Peavy signed a 2YR/29 Million Dollar Contract with the Sox. Some thought he could get more on the open market, but Peavy is said to enjoy Chicago and pitching for Don Cooper (White Sox pitching coach).
Peavy seemed to have re-discovered his old form he once possessed while he was still with the San Diego Padres. Peavy burst onto the scene in 2002 with the Padres against the Yankees in an inter-league game. He put together his first All Star caliber season in 2005 and was the captain for the United States team in the World Baseball Classic.
In 2007, Peavy once again made the All Star Team, while winning the Cy Young Award and having one of the best seasons for a Padres starter in franchise history. In 2008, he was rumored in numerous trades with several teams, none of which ever came to fruition. In early 2009, the Right-Handed Pitcher actually rejected a trade to the White Sox. Shortly thereafter, Peavy turned his ankle, straining the aforementioned tendon that plagued him through the accepted trade to the White Sox in July, and until the end of the season.
2013 brings a sign of new hope for Peavy in a White Sox uniform. He has a new contract, is coming off his best season with the Sox, and, most importantly, he’s 100% healthy. This season, it’s John Danks who enters Spring Training under a cloud of skepticism. Danks had shoulder surgery in 2012. But, he has the big man from Alabamba there to help him through. Danks and Peavy have become very good friends over the years. #44 knows more than anyone – that Danks needs to ”listen to what his body tells him” and “don’t push too hard”. Peavy knows what happens when you push too hard through an injury, a 2010 and 2011 type of season.
Sox fans certainly don’t want Danks to take a similar career path as Peavy. But, through hard work and dedication, Peavy has turned his career around on the right track. It’s hard to imagine many other MLBers suffering the injury that the former Cy Young Pitcher had, and still be pitching 3 years later. That’s why they call him the Bulldog.
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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘White Sox Correspondent’ Brian Madsen for preparing today’s featured article. Brian was born and raised in Chicago Heights, IL, a south suburb of Chicago. He attended Illinois St. University, majoring in education/teaching. Brian now lives in Joliet, IL with my wife Suzanne two daughters, Abby, 9, and Grace, 3. He has worked at The Little Guys Home Technology for 12 years as a salesman/system designer/custom integrator. Brian is an avid White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan. Follow @brianm731
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