KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Though he didn't have to, Jake Peavy apologized for bringing his two youngest sons to a press conference Monday after the San Francisco Giants arrived for a workout at Kauffman Stadium. They all flew together on a team charter from the Bay Area following Game 5 of the World Series, so Peavy had nowhere else for the kids to go. He brought Wyatt Peavy, a fifth-grader, and Judson Peavy, a kindergartener, to the dais to help him field questions.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times asked a good one: What have the Peavys done with the duck boat Peavy bought after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, and does the family have a line on any cable cars?
"Wyatt, you want to?" Peavy said, and his son gave a good answer about how the boat needed to be painted, and how it was covered in mildew back in Alabama, where it was parked near a baseball field on Peavy's property. The elder Peavy went into a longer spiel about his future plans for the old duck boat when Wyatt interjected:
WYATT PEAVY: "[Whispers]. We picked out a trolley car."
JAKE PEAVY: "[Laughs]. I'll get into that if and when this thing happens."
WYATT PEAVY: "I think we already picked out our trolley car."
JAKE PEAVY: "Hey, hey, hey, hey [laughing]."
Of course, picking out a trolley — the signature vehicle of San Francisco — as a prize for winning the World Series is kind of putting the cart before the horse. Or the duck before the boat. Peavy's kids bantering about cable cars was fun, but it might be something their dad regrets, especially if the Kansas City Royals win two more games. Or even one more.
Dad Peavy is scheduled to start Game 6 on Tuesday night, so he's in position to help the Giants win their third World Series since 2010. He posted a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts during the regular season after coming over from the Red Sox in late July before the trade deadline, but Peavy has up and down in the playoffs. And his 7.05 ERA in the postseason is kind of alarming.
There's going to be a lot on the line for Peavy — not just saving face over the leak of a planned trolley purchase.
"You try not to because you want things to be as normal as they are," Peavy said. "But at the end of the day this is the start that you play your whole career wanting. It's hard to get away from that fact. That this is the opportunity that I would hope just about anybody in baseball would want.
"To be the guy that gets the ball with that opportunity... it's a special opportunity; I understand that," Peavy said. "I've just got to do all I can do to be in the moment, to think about executing pitches, to find any way, anyhow for the San Francisco Giants to win this game, and I promise you, I'm going to exhaust every option."
What does a new trolley cost, by the way? At Trolley Brokers, the California Street model (with wheels) start at $159,000. If Peavy wants one that rides on tracks, he's going to have to invest a lot more, along with some infrastructure. That would be cool, though, like having a life-size train set.
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