I’ve tired to ignore it. But it is inevitable. There are serious Jake Peavy trade talks going on. Now, the Padres aren’t trying to get rid of him. It is very likely that he will be with us next year. But if it’s coming, I have some reasons to keep him.
REASON #7: THE CASUAL FANS
It’s safe to say that Jake is a celebrity in San Diego. He’s definitely one of the faces of the organization. If you lived in San Diego and knew very little about the Padres, you would probably be able to identify three players: Tony Gywnn, Trevor Hoffman, and Jake Peavy. As a result, if you wanted to go to a game, you would most likely go to one that Jake starts. If Jake gets traded, what’s the point for a casual fan to go to a game for any reason other than having a fun time at the ballpark?
REASON #6: THE FEMALE FANS
Yes, we all know that Jake is married. But there are many San Diego girls who have an obsession with Jake. I’m sure there are many young ladies who show up just for Jake’s starts. If Jake gets traded, these girls will be heartbroken.
REASON #5: THE DIE-HARD FANS
What about the fans who stick by the team through thick and thin? What about the fans who could be put in the classification of “obsessed”? What about the fans who know everything about the team, the ones who shell out their hard-earned money to go to a game? What about them? What are they supposed to do without Jake Peavy? It would be a devastating loss. But hopefully we would be able to move on. How can we cheer for a team that traded their ace? Well, that’s why we’re die-hard. We stick by them no matter what. Espescially when it’s tough.
REASON #4: THE PLAYERS
Jake’s a semi-leader in the clubhouse. It isn’t fair to the other guys to lose a guy like Jake. Whenever he pitches, he fires up the team. If the front office trades their star ace, how can any players get comfortable here?
REASON #3: THE CITY
San Diego is a championship-starved city. We are well aware of that. Why would this city believe in a team that gives away one of their biggest chances of winning?
REASON #2: THE FAMILY
Jake, his wife Katie, and their sons Jacob and Wyatt moved to San Diego last offseason. Katie just had their third child, Judson Lee. Can you believe how horrible it would be for Katie to have to move the family? Now, if Jake got traded soon, he would be able to help her. But it would be so sad if she had to move with 2 young boys and a baby. Then again, the rest of the family might stay behind if Jake had to move on.
AND NOW, THE NUMBER 1 REASON TO KEEP JAKE PEAVY IS…
If you’ve seen Jake pitch, you know what I mean. When he goes out there, he’s screaming at himself, stalking around the mound, giving it all he’s got. He’s a fighter, and he doesn’t give up. When his team’s been struggling, he goes into his starts determined to win. He brings a fire to this club. What would we do without it? No one can replace that. If we lose Jake, we lose hope for this club.
So, in review, if Jake gets traded, it’s going to hurt the fans, the family, and the club. I, like all Padres fans, are waiting nervously to see what the Padres will do. But hopefully, we’ll still have our ace next season.