Friday's intriguing people
December 3rd, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Sarah Palin

The former Alaska governor lost her bid for vice president but continues to blaze a trail for other ultraconservatives to follow.

Palin wrote a book after her election loss, and now fellow Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell is doing likewise.

O'Donnell will write a book to be published next year by St. Martin's Press, the company announced Thursday.

"It's time to set the record straight & move forward," O'Donnell wrote in announcing the deal on Twitter.

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November 2nd, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

San Francisco's Edgar Renteria has had the winning hit in two World Series.

Edgar Renteria

He spent four months on the bench this season and had three stints on the disabled list. So when Edgar Renteria told his San Francisco Giants teammates that this World Series would probably be his last, he was serious. Giants players told ESPN that Renteria's brief, emotional plea last month reinvigorated the team.

It certainly flipped the switch for the 34-year-old veteran infielder. Renteria ended a pitching duel Monday night with a seventh-inning home run to give the Giants a 3-0 lead that turned into a 3-1 win and a World Series championship. It's the first time the Giants have won it all since 1954.

Renteria's heroics — along with his .412 batting average — earned him the series' Most Valuable Player award.

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