At age 24, Peavy is having quite a year. Before the season began, he signed a long-term deal that guarantees him $14.5 million and could earn him up to $25 million with a fifth-year option. And now he has this to add to his list of achievements.But Peavy's not looking so far down the road as to think that this first All-Star Game is the first of many. "Even with the stuff that happened this year, you come to realize nothing's promised to you," Peavy said. "I look at every fifth day and I'll look at my start next Saturday night as one that could be my last. It's a tough way to look at it, but it's true. "I definitely don't look at this as just something I'll be back for next year or the year after that. That's not to say that if I'm healthy I don't want to be here. I do, I really do. I want to be the best." For now, he's perfectly content enjoying the experience with his family and soaking in the unique atmosphere of being an All-Star in the Midsummer Classic. Part of Peavy's agenda includes getting superstar Roger Clemens, whom he met on the All-Star tour of Japan last fall, to sign one of the dozens of jerseys Peavy has collected. But the part Peavy looked forward to the most is having his son, Jacob, down on the field with him as much as possible. Young Jacob's uniform was in some luggage that was lost for a while in transit, but the precious cargo arrived in time for the pitcher's son to wear it. "I think that'll be the highlight of things, just having him with me," Peavy said. See? Jake Peavy's not alone at all at the All-Star Game.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.