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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pics on Motomail

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  1. Jake this is random, but did you by chance get to watch the youtube link I sent you about a week or two ago?? It's flippin' hilarious, I cried laughing so hard. Let me know :)

  2. Hi Jake,

    O.T. post about John Stocco that I thought you would like (Capital Times):

    Ex-Badger Stocco "just trying to have some fun" playing Rock River baseball
    Michael Gluskin — 6/25/2007 9:53 am

    The last time John Stocco stepped onto a field to play a game in Madison, it was early November in front of a packed house at Camp Randall Stadium.

    Stocco led the University of Wisconsin football team to a win over Penn State that afternoon before sustaining a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the final two regular-season games of his career.

    On Sunday, Stocco was again on a field in Madison -- this time playing in a Rock River League amateur baseball game -- at Robin Roberts Field on the campus of Madison Area Technical College.

    It was only Stocco's second game of the season. The former UW quarterback wore number 1, played left field and batted seventh in the lineup.

    Stocco had a successful high school baseball career and was drafted in the 45th round by his hometown Minnesota Twins in the 2002 amateur draft. But he said he's not trying to revive his baseball career.

    "I'm just trying to have some fun out here," he said. "I hadn't thrown a ball since high school."

    Stocco is playing with the Ashippun Mudcats after hearing about the league through friend Nate Egholm, who was on the Badgers last season. A current Badger, punter Ken DeBauche, has also played a few games this year for Ashippun. DeBauche has been a pitcher only in those contests, not taking any chances of injuring himself by hitting or running the bases.

    "It's exciting for everyone on the team," said Mudcats manager and catcher Frank Ryan. "We play in these little towns where it's like, John Stocco's coming.' It's not the biggest deal, but it's something to talk about."

    There was no extra fanfare at Sunday's game with Stocco playing, as about 15 people sat in the stands. Ashippun's opponent, the Madison Laurel Tavern Black Sox, noticed Stocco in the opposing dugout before the game. The Black Sox joked that they should test Stocco's arm in left.

    Their manager, Mike Zuehlke, said he saw Stocco and DeBauche's name added to the team's roster on a report several weeks ago, but didn't think anything of it at the time.

    While DeBauche wasn't at Sunday's game, Stocco went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk, but Ashippun lost 11-1.

    In his first at-bat, Stocco made good contact but the left fielder made a diving catch to rob him of a base hit. Stocco walked in his second at-bat, lined a run-scoring single through the hole at shortstop in the seventh inning and struck out in the ninth.

    Stocco showed patience at the plate and was calm in the batter's box, indications of his natural athletic ability. He collected one of the team's four hits and had their only RBI.

    Stocco also pitched the eighth inning for the Mudcats. A pitcher in high school, Stocco faced seven batters, walking the first two and recording one strikeout. Three runs scored in the inning, but they came around because of a pair of throwing errors. Stocco had good velocity on his fastball and also mixed in a curve.

    So what does Stocco's future hold?

    "No idea," he said. "I'm still trying to pursue football. I haven't heard anything yet."

    In early May, Stocco participated in a three-day tryout with the Green Bay Packers, but was not invited to their minicamp. Later that month, Stocco had another short tryout, this time with the New York Giants, but they also did not invite him to their minicamp.

    Stocco started three years at Wisconsin, going 29-7 and helping the team to a 12-1 mark last season, including a victory in the Capital One Bowl over Arkansas. He threw for more than 7,200 yards and 47 touchdowns in his career.

    As the NFL season approaches, Stocco in living in Madison and working out often, trying to stay in shape and ready to play. While the Rock River League certainly doesn't have the same intensity as Big Ten Football, it has allowed Stocco to lace up his spikes every now and then and have fun playing baseball.

    Thanks again for your service, Jake!
    Dan S.

  3. Just found your blog. Will come back and catch up, but like what I see. thanks for your service, and we appreciate all you do for us and our country. You easily have the most pictures, I think I have seen on a service memebers blog.

    i bleed burnt orange, so this relationship could get interesting. But, UT baseball is really my first love. The fall march has already started. Mack said last week, "My players already have a summer job--FOOTBALL"

    I surround all of you with my prayers, unceasingly.

    Hutto, Texas
    Go Hippoes

  4. Whew! Leave ya alone for a few days Jake and I come back to all kinds of heartpounding stories. My thoughts are with those two engineers and their families. They will be in good hands.

  5. Jake,
    If you're missing the images of the US and if time permits you may like to pay a visit to this guy's website. http://www.laforetvisuals.com/main.php
    He has some pretty impressive photo work that I thought you might enjoy.

    Cheryl (freevolition)

  6. Jake
    When you get back my office is prepared to give you massages and to take care of you orthapedically from the neck to the back and all extremities. God Speed I pray daily for you and your men.
    dr Ron

  7. I saw this post on another blog and thought of your friends...

  8. Happy Fourth!!

    Stay Safe!


  9. Hey there Jake! My sister Debutaunt link me over to you. Happy 4th of July (although really at this time of the morning it's the 5th.) Normally there would be fireworks going off at all hours of the night, here outside Houston, TX. However we are having a very unusually rainy summer, so it's not so lucky for the juvenile delinquents who like to celebrate all night long. (Gosh, that makes me sound old. What can I say except I like my sleep.)

    Take care and keep cool. (Two seemingly impossible activities in Iraq these days for sure.) And trust your instincts. We all try to keep you guys in our prayers- sometimes the Holy Spirit speaks to us through our guts, intuitions, instincts - whichever you may like to call it.

  10. Wow...the story at kbab's link sounds like exactly like the injuries Jake described a few weeks ago of the 2 guys leaving his unit. Anyone know if it is really them?

  11. Hi Jake,

    I had to share this headline and article with you:

    Giant 'corpse-eating' badgers terrorize Iraqi city


    "THE Iraqi port city of Basra, already prey to a nasty turf war between rival militia factions, has now been gripped by a scary rumor – giant badgers are stalking the streets by night, eating humans."

    I always knew that Badgers were ferocious animals but I had no idea....

    Stay safe and God bless you and your men.

    Dan S.

  12. jake-
    Its been a while since we have heard from you. I hope you and all of your braves are staying safe and kickin some terrorist a$$. Until we hear from you again, semper fi

  13. I check your myspace everyday just to see if you have logged in. The Mother in me is starting to worry. I know you are fighting a war and all and don't always have access to a computer but just wanted you to know we miss hearing from you.

    Stay safe.

  14. hey devil. got myspace....im sure you do check out my page. www.myspace.com/devilpupgrrl leave me a message let me know you got this

  15. Hi Jake,
    Just happened to run across your blog and I wanted to say thank you for your service.

    Mom of two Marines!

  16. God bless you, Cpl Wood, for your service to Corps and Country.

    1/7 Marine Mom

    P.S. I love all your pictures!

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