“But I never try to yell obscenities,” Peavy said. “I understand there are kids watching. I have three little boys who watch me pitch every time I pitch. So the last thing I want them to see is me yelling words that aren’t appropriate to yell on TV. So I don’t do that. But my competitive nature has gotten me — those cameras are hard to get away from sometimes.”
Peavy — who won the 2007 National League Cy Young with the San Diego Padres — struggled in his only two postseason starts to date, allowing 13 earned runs in 9.2 innings combined. But he doesn’t think that is any indication of what will happen for him this postseason. His first postseason starts was in 2005 and the other came in ’06, both with San Diego.
Peavy likely will Boston’s No. 4 starter in the postseason, meaning if the best-of-five ALDS goes to a fourth game, he’ll be the man on the mound for Boston.
“I’m relishing the opportunity to go back,” Peavy said. “First time in a long time. I had some broken ribs and then in ’05 and ’06 had some shoulder issues that I had to try to get through. But this is the best I’ve felt in a long time at the end of a season. I love the team. I love the make-up, but it comes down to showing up, executing and playing better than the other team. And everybody that gets to the playoffs is a very good team.”
Off the field, Peavy describes himself as laid back.
“I’m passionate about the things I love to do,” he said. “And I don’t mind working hard. I have a ranch down in Alabama that I love to work and play on. I’m very laid back, I would say.”