Jake Peavy closed the door on the White Sox one day, slammed the door on the Cubs' lineup the next, and then afterward, Friday night in San Diego, left the door wide open for a possible beat-'em-then-join-'em scenario with the Cubs.
``I'm drained now,'' he said after striking out 10 in six shutout innings to beat the Cubs for the first time since his 2007 Cy Young season. ``But you get excited to pitch.''
Especially against a team he wants to pitch for and came within a conversation or two last December of joining. A team that seems to remain a possibility in his mind, if not a real possibility should the Cubs' sale get done anytime soon or presumptive owner Tom Ricketts assents to jacking the payroll to add another ace to the staff.
Asked about putting all the White Sox trade stuff behind him, Peavy complimented Sox GM Kenny Williams but seemed to leave out the welcome mat for the Cubs to call on him:
``I'm being as professional as I can about it and just getting ready to pitch Wednesday night in Arizona and to cross bridges when and if we get there,'' he said. ``The biggest part is I just don't want to be a distraction for this team. We're starting to get on the right track, and I'm a member of this team right now. And I don't want to be a distraction but just want to go out there and be a part for as long as I am.''
It seems he's even developed a soft spot in his heart for Cubs fans already. ``I had a warm reception in Chicago and I certainly appreciated that,'' Peavy said. ``Certainly, there are Cubs fans everywhere, and I have heard from a couple of them here in San Diego, and did so tonight.''