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July 31, 2013

Peavy a perfect fit for blue-collar Red Sox

BOSTON — Jake Peavy is no Babe Ruth but he will pitch his home games in the same place his idol once did.

No, not Yankee Stadium. Peavy will be starting right here at Fenway Park ... and the blue-collar hurler is a perfect fit for the blue-collar Boston Red Sox.

Peavy, a right-handed starter, was traded to Boston late last night from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that sent defensive wiz Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers.

“Babe Ruth is my favorite player, and I think the greatest player to ever play the game,” Peavy told The Eagle-Tribune in June 2011. “Not only was he the best hitter of all time. ... he was one of the best pitchers.

“I’d like to sit down and have a beer with him and talk baseball,” Peavy added. “I’d assume he’d have a beer with me.”

As you might imagine from that above quote, Peavy certainly is a character. He’s full of personality. He enjoys pitching and enjoys baseball history. And he should be a perfect fit in a Red Sox clubhouse that is full of interesting and blue-collar type of characters.

Peavy enjoyed pitching in Chicago because he said he and the city were very much alike.

“I love the blue collar fans that we have — the blue collar style that the White Sox embrace,” he also said in 2011 in his interview with The Eagle-Tribune. “It really fits my personality well. I feel like a blue-collar type person and player. So I enjoy playing for fans and a team that embraces that.”

Like Chicago, Boston obviously is a blue-collar city and Peavy and Red Sox fans likely will become a perfect match for that reason.

Peavy has enjoyed going around the city of Boston in his past trips here with the White Sox. He has visited Daisy Buchanan’s on Newbury Street where he has had drinks with teammates.

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