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Many years ago when I coached the Sikorski's Service Station Wee Men Major baseball team, I named as most valuable player Jake Krong. It wasn't because he had the best average or was the best fielder or was the best anything in any of the multiple categories for which you compile statistics. It was because he had the best attitude,  the best work ethic and the best heart for the game.

Later he ran on the cross-country team in high school with Jamie, and as really good as he was, he still wasn't the fastest. But he made the fastest guy even faster, always plugging away, always right over his shoulder. Whatever he lacked in natural talent (don't get me wrong, he had plenty of that, too) he made up for in training and discipline and hard work.

Plus he was about the nicest kid you'd ever want to meet.

Yesterday Jake Krong finished 23rd in the Boston Marathon, and everyone else discovered what I've known all along:

Jake Krong is World Class.



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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 17th, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)

Thanks!

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Thanks for the kind words. It means a lot.

I'll never forget when you gave me that MVP trophy at the AHS awards banquet!! :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 17th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)

Jake

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Nice story Bob, I really liked your story about Bill McDermott too. I grew up with Bill (3 blocks west of the Mcdermott household)and all the years I knew Bill he never had a bad word to say about anyone. He truly was a nice person. May he rest in Peace.

Rich
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 18th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)

Jake

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Judge,

THANKS so much for taking the time to write this article on my son ,Jake. It really means a lot to me as a Dad to hear you speak these words.

I still remember the Wee Men Days and when you presented the award at the High School Graduation.

Best Wishes from Phoenix, but my "heart and soul" remains in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountain Range. No better place in the world !

Sincerely,

Joe Krong
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From:rgoing
Date:April 18th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)

Re: Jake

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For those of you trying to follow the chronology here, Jake was about twelve when he played for me. As it happens, no one from our team made it to the awards banquet that year for some reason, so the team MVP trophy sat in my garage until the kids were graduating from high school, at which time I cleaned it up and slipped it into the senior awards program at the school with the conspiratorial assistance of principal Bonnie Cooke.
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