The San Francisco Giants traded for Jake Peavy at the 2014 trade deadline and his impact was immediate. After an injury to Matt Cain, Peavy stepped in and essentially replaced Cain in the rotation and allowed the Giants to continue to build momentum towards another World Series championship.
He brought the same drive and intensity he had in when he played for manager Bruce Bochy when they were both in San Diego and it rubbed off on his teammates. Peavy instantly became one of the team’s vocal leaders in the clubhouse and on the mound.
Peavy had won his first championship with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and he wasn’t ready to stop winning rings. He was one of the team’s best pitchers down the stretch and helped lead them into October.
Fans will remember Peavy’s fire and his strong outings, but it might be his work off the field that is the most memorable and will ultimately be the longest lasting in San Francisco.
But for our list, we will limit the moments to what Peavy did between the lines.