Red Sox having fun with Peavy's Indian mascot

Red Sox having fun with Peavy's Indian mascot
October 7, 2013, 9:00 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The beards have been getting all the attention, but a clubhouse mascot has played a role in their binding, too.
      
Pitcher Jake Peavy was on his way to AT&T Park in San Francisco in late August when he walked past a tobacco shop. In the window, he spied a wooden Indian.
      
"My heritage is American Indian," noted Peavy. "And I walked by the window and this fellow was looking at me. And I looked at him and he looked at me. I kept walking, I took a few more steps and I kind of looked back and he was still looking at me. He said, 'Am I not one of the boys? Look at me -- I'm your people."
      
Peavy went in and negotiated with the store owner -- the piece was a decoration and not for sale - until they struck a deal.
      
"I told the guy there was price tag on everything in life," said Peavy.
      
Peavy carried the Indian, which he named Chief, to the ballpark.
      
"We had some guys banged up at the time," recalled Peavy, "and I came up with some elaborate story about how he had some healing spirit, so he started in the training room, getting some guys right."
      
That night, with Peavy starting, the Red Sox lost. So Peavy threw down the gauntlet.
      
"We had a serious talk with him," Peavy said, "and told him if he didn't want to show up (the next day) with a little bit better attitude and show us his powers, then we were going to have to lose him on the plane ride to L.A. But he showed up in a big way."
      
The Red Sox won the following day and the Indian got a reprieve.
      
He now occupies a spot in the middle of the Red Sox clubhouse, now sporting a "AL East Champion" T-shirt.
      
"His wardrobe has grown," said Peavy. "I don't know if you know, but he's holding some cigars in his hand and those are celebratory cigars. When we do hopefully reach our goal, we're going to smoke those cigars that he's got in the box . . . And he's got a beard now, he grew out a beard to get on the same page as the rest of the guys."
      
And if the Sox win it all?
      
"He's going to ride on my Duck Boat," promised Peavy, "and get a full (playoff) share."