It’s truly an honor for Jake Peavy to be starting tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the National League.
Peavy is the type of guy you’d like to have for a teammate because he backs you 100 percent, even if it’s your error that costs him a game.
In fact, the Padres ace is probably as good as it gets when it comes to the teammate category.
The only concern about Peavy starting the All-Star Game is that he tends to get too pumped up for these types of situations.
If he can temper himself, he should be fine – and maybe he’ll even earn the most valuable player as Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt did while starting the 1985 All-Star Game.
Last year’s NL starter, Brad Penny of the Dodgers, was never the same after the All-Star contest. He had a horrible second half and probably kept the Dodgers from winning the NL West outright from the Padres.
Peavy can only hope that he one-ups Penny when it comes to the second half of 2007.
And by the way, don’t forget who first predicted Peavy would start the All-Star Game in a blog titled “Peavy looking like an All-Star.” As a reminder, check out this blog from April 27.