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.

This was the second time Renteria drove in the winning run in a World Series. While playing for the Florida Marlins, he hit the game-winning single in the 11th inning of the decisive seventh game of the 1997 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

The native Colombian, drafted in 1992 at age 16, is one of only four players to have driven in the clinching runs in two World Series. The others are hall of famers Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra and Joe DiMaggio.

Jennifer Cline

Jennifer Cline, an unemployed nursing student and mother, wrote in December to President Obama about her financial hardship. In March, the Monroe, Michigan, woman received a handwritten response from the president saying, "Things will get better!"

Cline and her husband, Jason, reluctantly sold the letter to a New York autograph dealer last weekend for $7,000 to help pay off debt, start a college fund for their sons and make a down payment on a home, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The letter already is posted for resale on dealer Gary Zimet's website.

James Dearing

Bangor, Maine, police officer James Dearing took a break from work Friday to vote early for today's election. However, Dearing, in uniform and carrying his service weapon, was turned away by a poll warden who said guns were illegal in the city's lone polling place.

The two argued for some time before Dearing left to go back on patrol.

But he didn't let it go. Dearing wrote a letter to Maine's secretary of state demanding to know who was right and why he and other uniformed officers had never been challenged by election officials before.

Dearing won't have any trouble today. On Monday, Bangor City Clerk Patti Dubois said that she had suspended the warden for the rest of this election cycle, the Bangor Daily News reported. Dubois also said she would apologize to Dearing.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap told the paper that state law gives wardens broad authority, but no state or federal law prohibits guns in polling places.

"I don't know what [the warden] was thinking," he said.

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. bbuddy94

    The world Series started already? Damn reruns of 2 1/2 men made me miss it

    November 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superhiro

    I almost feel offended that you watched 2 1/2 men over the world series.

    November 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    Two dumb Bushes caused Texas to lose the 4th game.

    November 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bc

    the most intriguing part o fthis article is the comments extremely entertaining

    November 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. trish

    MLB got it wrong World Series MVP should have went to the entire Giants pitching staff for quieting down the THUNDEROUS TEXAS BATS.

    November 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roccopetrillo

    Why can't the Red Sox get players like Renteria?!

    November 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. B=Dog

    The Giants won... and nobody cares lol

    November 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darren

    What were the ratings for this series?

    November 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Superhiro

    @trish. The only problem with that idea is... which pitcher do you give it to? All the Giants pitchers were lights out. Even the relievers.

    November 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. surfman274

    Hee hee, you wrote diarrhea. that sounds like Renteria. You made a funny, hee hee. Is you a ko-mee-deann! ...... Don't quit your day job buddy.

    November 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
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