As baseball families go, you don't get much more talent than the Diekroegers (pronounced deh–kroh–gehr) from Menlo School.
I shot the Knights' game on Wednesday when they took on rival Sacred Heart Prep. It was an awesome day for baseball with the sun shining and a nice cool wind to keep it pleasant. The crowd was full with the normal group of parents and students lying on the lawn along the third base line enjoying the spring day.
In the crowd was was the father of three outstanding players in the Menlo baseball program, Ken Sr. On the field in this game was Mikey Diekroeger, playing first base today because of a sore shoulder. He leads the Knights in hitting with a .379 average and is the third Diekroeger to come through the Menlo program.
The first was Kenny, who was drafted last season and now plays in the Kansas City Royals farm system. He is in high-A ball with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League. The second baseman is hitting .263 this year after a stellar career at Stanford.
The middle brother, Danny, is at Stanford right now in his Junior season. The 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year is having an outstanding season hitting .298 with 38 hits. The hit total already his best as a college player. Kenny was also the starting quarterback on the Menlo football team. He was the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2010, his senior season.
Mikey is following the same path, with great skills on the field and in the classroom. It would be no surprise to see him become the third Diekroeger brother to play at Stanford, and the seventh player to go from Menlo to Stanford for baseball.
I talked with Ken Sr. before the game. He's the proud dad living the dream of every dad who hopes to see his son play at the highest level. Some dads get one star player; Ken has three. He talked about watching 12 games a week either live or on TV. You could tell by the smile this is a joy, not a chore.
Menlo lost this game to their arch rivals 4-0. Mikey went 2-for-3 with a double and a single, but never scored. Another day in the life of the Diekroger family where someone is playing a baseball game nearly every day.