Saint Nick* just knew this baseball fan was lost in a sea of hockey, football and basketball and needed a pick-me-up, so he brought me Trent Oeltjen.
Saint Nick works in mysterious ways – how else could he know that what I needed in my long, cold Wisconsin winter was for the Brewers to offer a minor-league contract with invite to Spring Training to Oeltjen and his lopsided grin?
Not only is Trent here a serious hottie upgrade from recently-traded SS J.J. Hardy, but he’s also Australian, meaning I’m anxiously awaiting any and all television and radio interviews because I’m a serious sucker for an accent.
Unfortunately for Trent, his nickname is “The Thunder From Down Under.” While I appreciate his reputation as a contact hitter (he hit .243 with 3 HR in just 24 major league games with Arizona,) it’s never good to have a nickname that associates you with male strippers.
*While feasts of Saint Nicholas are not observed nationally, cities with strong German influences like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and St. Louis celebrate St. Nick’s Day on a scale similar to the German custom. On December 5, the Eve of St. Nicholas Day, each child puts one empty shoe outside their bedroom door or on a staircase before they go to sleep. The following morning of December 6, the children awake to find that St. Nick has filled their footwear with candy and small presents (if the children have been good) or coal (if not). For these children, the relationship between St. Nick and Santa Claus is not clearly defined, although St. Nick is usually explained to be a helper of Santa. The tradition of St. Nick’s Day is firmly established in the Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland and St. Louis communities, with parents often continuing to observe the day with their adult children. Widespread adoption of observing the tradition has spread among the German, Polish, Belgian and Dutch communities throughout Wisconsin, and is carried out through modern times. (from Wikipedia)