Jake Peavy, Game 2 starter, sees a lot of David Ortiz in Pablo Sandoval.
Jorge Camargo Contributing Writer
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Ex-Red Sox Pitcher and Pablo Sandoval became teammates in July when Peavy was traded to the Giants. Both players are know in the World Series and went through one of the craziest postseason of the last few years. Peavy's starts in this postseason have been sublime and he's looking to another great pitching perfomance tonight, and he thinks that having Sandoval in his side is key for success.
"This guy is a champion. Three of five years this guy's been in the World Series. Look at the big hits. Look at how this guy plays. I know who he is. I know what he brings to the field. I understand there are teams with third basemen in place, but that being said, you can't go out and not want these type of players. This guy has a flair of the dramatic, and he has that David Ortiz spirit." Jake Peavy told to USA Today.
Peavy wasn't such an excellent pitcher last postseason with the Red Sox, but his charisma and clubhouse importance during October gave him a special place in Red Sox Nation memories. Sandoval is like Peavy in that sense, and a clear example is during the 5th game of the NLCS when Sandoval was leading off.
“I looked at him and said, ‘C’mon, let’s go to the World Series,’ and he looked me square in the eye and said, ‘I’m getting on base,’" Peavy told to the Boston Herald.
Sandoval singled and got to first, minutes later he was removed for a pinch-runner (another similarity with Ortiz). The Kung Fu Panda had time to look for Peavy before the NLCS clinching homerun by Ichikawa.
“And he couldn’t wait to get back in the dugout when we pinch-ran for him and said, ‘I told you! I’m not letting you down!’ ” said Peavy. “That’s special, guys that play with that passion. He’s a special player, you don’t get lucky and hit home runs off (the Tigers’) Justin Verlander in the World Series. Go look at his at-bats from that Pittsburgh (wild card) game on, against the best trying to get you out. It’s a special player that can take it to the next level in the postseason."
Both Peavy and Sandoval are free agents this offseason.
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