After the spirited and creative TakeJake Final Vote campaign the White Sox put together came up just short when Peavy finished behind Texas' Yu Darvish, the veteran right-hander was tabbed by Texas manager and 2012 American League All-Star manager Ron Washington as an AL replacement, it was announced in the eighth inning of Sunday's 11-9 loss to the Blue Jays closing out the season's first half. Peavy replaced Angels' hurler C.J. Wilson, who has been battling a blister on the middle finger of his left hand and was told by doctors that he should rest over the four days while it's healing.
"I feel like it's cool that they named Jake because, obviously, he's a very good starter, as well," Wilson said.
Wilson still will be recognized as an All-Star, but his inactivity becomes Peavy's Midsummer Classic gain.
"He deserves to go. He's finally getting recognized for what he's done," said White Sox starter Chris Sale, who joins Peavy as part of the White Sox four-member All-Star contingent. "It's awesome. It's great."
"Fantastic for him," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "We're happy for him. He deserves it."
Peavy closed out the first half with a 7-5 record and 2.85 ERA over 17 starts. He allowed just 93 hits and 26 walks over 120 innings, while striking out 108 and limiting opposing hitters to a .213 average. By the time the news was announced, Peavy was out of the clubhouse and on his way to Colorado in order to spend time with the family of Darrel Akerfelds and then attend his funeral on Monday.
Akerfelds, who was described by Peavy as a friend, brother and even father figure, as well as a mentor when the two were together with the Padres, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on June 24. Peavy planned to fly into Kansas City on Monday and take part in the remaining festivities, and of course, the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
This selection marks Peavy's third All-Star appearance, but first in the American League. With surgery to re-attach his lat muscle now two years behind him, the inning he probably will work Tuesday certainly will mean a little more than past efforts.
"It's an honor to be even talked about being an All-Star. It's so fun to do it here in Chicago," said Peavy after the Final Vote results were announced Thursday. "I would hate to finally get healthy and go pitch somewhere else and have success."
"I know he's excited, and we're excited to have him," said White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, who joins Paul Konerko as the White Sox position-player All-Stars. "He's as deserving, or more deserving, than a lot of us."
Sale didn't get a chance to talk with Peavy about the All-Star selection on Sunday. But he's looking forward to sharing his first All-Star experience with the right-hander, while appreciating what it took for Peavy to get back to this level.
"It just shows how hard he worked for it and how much he really competes out there," Sale said. "It's been a heck of year up to this point. Like I said before, we all knew he deserved to be there, and he's finally getting what he deserves."
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