GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The most important moments coming from Jake Peavy's stretch of work Monday had nothing to do with the right-hander taking the mound.
Approximately two hours before Peavy allowed six runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the A's at Camelback Ranch, he met with a group of approximately 13 soldiers from the Marines and Navy who are members of Wounded Warriors. Peavy gave them a guided tour of the complex, stopped to meet with manager Robin Ventura, and took numerous pictures with them in the clubhouse.
Gordon Beckham, Gavin Floyd and Paul Konerko, as well as general manager Ken Williams, were just a few who posed for clubhouse pictures, signed autographs and talked with these valiant heroes. They all attended Monday's contest as part of "Strikeouts For Troops" and received a standing ovation when announced before the first pitch.
A combination baseball/music private event was to be held Monday night at an establishment in Scottsdale, with Peavy and Barry Zito as the hosts at the forefront, but many of their baseball friends planned to join the festivities. Talking to some of these men helped put Peavy's Cactus League effort into perspective.
"My bad day was throwing two innings and giving up some hits," Peavy said. "Having them out here puts a lot of things in perspective, when you see a 21-year old Nick, a triple amputee, smiling and having enthusiasm about life. How he speaks about the military and how honored he was to serve his country, puts it in perspective.
"Their lives are changed for better or worse for what they did for you and me. Let's take a little of our day to say thanks. It's the least we can do."