FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Now a full-fledged member of the Red Sox instead of merely an in-season trade acquisition, Jake Peavy has taken to the city of Boston and its passion for baseball quicker than any player in recent memory.
He was barely off his World Series championship parade duck boat last November and he had already bought the thing.
Yes, as you've certainly heard by now, Peavy bought a duck boat that currently resides at his spacious ranch in Alabama. That ranch, by the way, is almost in total seclusion, roughly 30 minutes from the nearest grocery store.
But Peavy didn't just buy the boat to show it off. That duck boat is a prized possession -- one that Peavy is taking great lengths to design to just his liking. So much so that Peavy had to send his boat off on a little field trip.
"I've had a lot of problems trying to find somebody to do the paint scheme the way we want it," said Peavy. "It's ridged, if you guys can picture the duck boat. It's got these ridges in it that causes a problem for the people who wrap these things to paint. I think we've finally got it nailed down. It has to go to Texas to get the paint scheme we want on it, but it's going to be a fine piece of art, a piece of memorabilia when it does get finished. Jonny Gomes already started the paint process when he came to visit, kind of a freestyle paint job."
What kind of design does Peavy have in mind?
"The paint scheme's going to have the world champions logo that we have, a picture of the trophy, the Boston Strong logo will be on it," Peavy said. "There will be some photos actually of me and my family, even Jon Lester and his family on the boat the day of the parade on there. It's a pretty detailed paint scheme, and that's why we had such a problem with it."
Once Peavy stops playing baseball, that boat should see a lot of action.
"At the end of the day, we're going to do some stuff on the ranch at Southern Falls when I retire, some different summer camps. This is going to be a neat piece to have down there, to take tours in," Peavy said. "It's able to go in the water, obviously. We have a plan and a design for the duck boat, but first things first: We've got to get it looking the way we want it to look."
Peavy is fascinated by where his boat has been.
"The lady who runs the tours says it was active in World War II in Normandy," Peavy said.
Among the other projects Peavy is working on around the ranch? Designing a mini Fenway Park.
Peavy will have a lot more time on the ranch when he retires. But he still has some baseball left in him, and he is eager for a full season in Boston's rotation, where there are currently six pitchers vying for five spots.
"I love the fact that we have a ton of experience, a ton of depth in a lot of ways," said Peavy. "I think we have one of the best staffs in baseball that can pitch with anybody. We've shown that."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.