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June 14, 2014

Peavy on Duck Boat, team's plight and Red Sox Nation

Sox pitcher meets fans at blood drive at Jaffarian

HAVERHILL -- Despite his jovial appearance yesterday, Jake Peavy is not completely happy.

While he’s had his moments as property of the Boston Red Sox over the last 11 months (”Is that all the time I’ve been here?” he quipped), at 5-5, it’s nowhere near the expectations of the former Cy Young Award winner.

“I have some work to do,” said Peavy, who at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion yesterday as part of the dealership’s promoting a blood drive, directed by the American Red Cross – donate a pint of blood and you meet Peavy.

“We all do,” said Peavy. “We’ve had our moments, but we haven’t gotten going like we know we can. We’ve put ourselves behind the 8-ball in a lot of games. We haven’t car-washed ourselves through two weeks of teams like we have the ability to do. But I have to focus on every fifth day. I can be better and I will be better.”

But his and the Red Sox’s problems weren’t his chief concern in Haverhill yesterday. He was spending some time with those that donated blood, signing autographs, posing for photos and even giving hugs.

The blood drive collected 24 units of blood, which according to the Red Cross could help save up to 72 lives. Yesterday’s donation helped to replenish the blood supply during a crucial summer months in which blood is in high demand.

According to the Red Cross, blood supplies often decline during the summer months when schools are out and many families are vacationing.

Yesterday’s event was another in a long list of reasons why Peavy loves being part of the Red Sox family.

“Becoming a Red Sox has changed my life, no doubt about it,” said Peavy, who turned 33 on May 31. “Just coming here to Jaffarian, and meeting these fans. They are vested in this team like no other I’ve seen. I honestly love Red Sox Nation. I’m comfortable I brought my brother (Luke) and two sons (Jacob, 12; and Wyeth, 10) with me here. It’s an experience I will always cherish.”

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