Prior to the World Series parade in 2013, then-Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy spent $75,000 to buy the duck boat that lugged him and his family around Boston.
Eight-plus years later, it appears he’s pleased with the investment. Peavy, speaking on MLB Network, said “of course” when asked if he nevertheless has it, and it turns out he has a specific plan for the boat in the coming months.
“We’re in the middle of developing some of downtown Mobile, Alabama, and so it’s going to be a crucial part in the centerpiece to our little wiffle ball field out back,” Peavy said.
Peavy then provided more context on the backstory behind how he ended up with the boat. He said he found out the morning of the parade that he was only allowed six tickets for the boat. Peavy has a sizable family, and he wanted to make sure everyone could savor the experience, so he went ahead and bought the boat.
“Look, I can’t wave to my grandparents on the side of this four-hour ride,” Peavy said. “They’ve got to get on the boat.”
He said that he and Jonny Gomes had before discussed potentially buying one. When the opportunity presented itself, Peavy couldn’t pass it up.
“I talked to the owner of the company. The driver put me in touch,” Peavy said. “Seventy-five thousand dollars later, I got to tell the Red Sox I own the boat and I need to get 12 people on it.”
Teammate Will Middlebrooks enjoyed Peavy reliving the moment.
“One of many stories from ’13 you would have had to been there to believe,” Middlebrooks said. “@JakePeavy_22 is a legend.”
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