Jacob Cauthen Westbrook, a native son of Madison County and former Madison County Raider was the winner of the 1996 NEGA All-Star and the 1996 GACA All State Awards. He is marriedto Heather, and when no playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, he resides in Danielsville, Georgia. His father, Cathen, played baseball and basketball at The University of Georgia. Jake remains an ardent follower of the Georgia Bulldogs as well as the Madison County Red Raiders. Jake participated in the MLB's Rookie Development Program in January 2000. He was the 21st overall pick in the 1996 Amateur Draft. Jake was a game winning pitcher in the 2011 World Series where the St. Louis Cardinals were World Series Champions.
St Louis Cardinals - Westbrook Bio
Below are some thoughts about baseball Jake shared with the Red Raiders:
- "Playing baseball in high school was some of the most fun I've had playing this game. I didn't realize it at the time but it was baseball in its truest form. No money, no cameras, just competing."
- Your dream is what gets you going. Your hard work is what gets you where you want to go. Your desire to be better is what helps you stay there."
- Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8"