Jake Hosted the Troops During the Day and was Honored at Night
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A Fun Day for Sox Players and Soldiers Alike
On Monday, Jake Peavy hosted 10 United States Marines and Navy Corpsman from Camp Pendleton and the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California. All of these servicemen have been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. The special guests were offered the opportunity to make the trip to Arizona by Strikeouts For Troops, an organization founded by San Francisco Giants’ pitcher, Barry Zito, and supported by professional baseball players throughout MLB, including Peavy.
The troops took a complete tour of Camelback Ranch, visiting the practice fields, training room, weight room (where they kidded Jake that he could spend a little more time) and the clubhouse, where Jake introduced them to the rest of the team to take photos and gather autographs. The troops were later hosted at a dinner in their honor at Frasher’s Steakhouse where Jake performed with Barry Zito and other friends. There was a pact made at the ballpark that before the evening was over the troops would all get on stage with Jake and perform the Unchained Melodies scene from the movie Top Gun. Here are the soldiers both posing with our players in the Sox clubhouse and at the evening event where Peavy was presented with the Joe Zito Patriot Award, named after Barry’s Dad.
“Q” on Schedule
While the Sox had an off-day from Cactus League action on Tuesday, Jose Quintana threw five innings (75 pitches) in a simulated game against minor league hitters. Coop said he worked on all of his pitches, everything went well and he remains on pace.
Play(s) of the Day
Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits in today’s 5-2 Sox loss to the Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale to raise his spring average to .409. Dewayne Wise singled twice and drove in a run. Daniel Moskos, David Purcey and Jeff Gray each pitched a scoreless inning for the Sox.
White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). The Sox’s John Danks will face L.A.’s Jason Vargas.
Did You Know…
…that Gordon Beckham has hit safely in his last five games, going 6-16 (.375) with a homer and three RBI.
More Peavy: Jake went four-plus innings (81 pitches) today in a minor league game.