They are here to rain on Indiana's parade; one of college baseball's old guard, trying to ruin the party and plans of the new age Hoosiers.
They're the Stanford Cardinal, the team that blew past Indiana State 8-1 Friday in the NCAA regional. If Indiana is to continue on toward a return to the College World Series, the Cardinal will have to be dealt with this weekend.
New to the Hoosiers' bandwagon? There are a lot of rookie Indiana baseball fans, and many of them were wearing red in the stands Friday night, watching the Hoosiers play Youngstown State. Two years ago, you would have needed door prizes and free food to get most of them to an Indiana baseball game.
But now the cheers are loud, hopes are high, and the Hoosiers are thinking a national championship run. Meet the team trying to ruin it all this weekend.
The freshman Stanford pitcher who threw a four-hitter at Indiana State Friday, Cal Quantrill, has a father Paul who once relieved 89 times in one season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and 86 times in another season for the New York Yankees. "I got to play catch with Derek Jeter once," Cal was saying. "He was throwing a lot harder than I could handle back then."
That makes him a Yankee fan, yes?
The coach, Mark Marquess, has been on the same job for 38 years. He was leading Stanford baseball when John Elway was playing quarterback for the football team.
The first baseman who had two hits, Danny Diekroeger, has a 3.8 grade point average in computer science. Between he and brother Kenny, someone named Diekroeger has started 210 consecutive games for Stanford.
The rightfielder who is hitting .339, Zach Hoffpauir, played in the Rose Bowl as a safety for the football Cardinal. He is one of 10 FBS footballers who doubled up in baseball this spring.