"I asked how Jonny was doing, and his quote to me was, 'Just a day closer to the parade, Jake. Doing well. Just check this one off the list.'
"It took me a minute to realize what that meant," Peavy said Monday. "I said, 'Oh my God. He's talking about the
Nearly three months later, the
"They're a well-rounded team," Red Sox catcher
Unlike the Cardinals, who returned to the Series for the second time in three years and came within one victory of reaching the Series in 2012, the Red Sox transformation from a tumultuous last-place finish in the
"What I've seen this year is like no other," Farrell said. "And that's a cohesiveness that whether it goes back to the bombing was one example to unite or galvanize to, but the number of team functions that this group will do impromptu is something I've never seen. Dinners of 20 to 24 guys going to dinner, those things typically don't happen in this day and age. But they happen here quite regularly."
The depth of the Red Sox rotation makes it even easier for Peavy, who has been accustomed to being a staff ace with the
"Our first two guys have won World Series-clinching games," said Peavy, referring to Game 1 starter
The Red Sox will be at a distinct disadvantage when the Series shifts to St. Louis, where the designated hitter won't be used. That means that
"It's not fun for us with the style of play we're used to playing," Peavy said. "But at the same time, we'll have one of those hired guys on the bench ready for that moment.''