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, 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.
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.