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. Bobington

    I am intrigued....Ok I lied I'm not!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yippee skippee

    Way to go Edgar. Yeah Giants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason D

      If only hed been any kind of good when he was with the redsox..he was more like rent-a-wreck

      November 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrgrumoy

      Renteria (aka diarrhea) was less than worthless on the red sox. He was over weight and didn't even bother to make an effort. He made Manny look like a go getter. Maybe he can take some of his WS money and pay back the red sox.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superhiro


    November 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Texas Pete

    Stupid Giants 🙁

    November 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      I lived in SF in 1954 the year that they won the world series and the year that I went into the Air Force! It was as exciting then as it is now. And to top it off it was the stupid Texas team that lost!

      November 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      Interesting story, Gary, but the Giants weren't located in San Francisco when they won the Series in 1954. They were the New York Giants then. Nice try at being relevant, though.

      November 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      Hey Gary. I lived on the moon when Buzz Lightyear and Apollo 15 landed there in 1962. It was awesome!!! Oh, and I was in the Marines. If I say I'm a veteran, everyone has to respect me and believe me, right?

      November 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcutts

      hey gary- what's it like with your head in your ass?

      November 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Harry

    Wait the Giants were in the Superbowl? I wish I knew that! I love women's basketball!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Witty

      HA HA HA HAHA HA. That's funny, because it wasn't the Superbowl and the Giants are baseball players, not female basketball players. Your purposely messing that up was simpy genius. Man, I hope I can stop laughing, my sides are killing me. Keep it up, man. The world needs more hilarious people like you in it. Superbowl...HA HA HA HAHAHAHA HA HA...Classic.

      November 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • justin

      Very funny...You made my day. I too love women's basketball!

      November 2, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. krysten

    The Giants deserved their win. I wish that the Rangers won, but there is always next season.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • VR

      Its ok. Denial is part of recovery process!!!

      November 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superhiro

    Lol don't be sad Texas guy. It's not like the Phillies did any better against us.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stan Lee


    November 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leo

    "He said they plan to use the money to pay debt, to start a college fund for their 9- and 2-year-old sons and to make a down payment to buy a home."

    How can you do all that with $7,000? Maybe we should all move to MI

    November 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      I thought the same thing – things must not have been too bad if 7K fixes the problem.

      November 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. steve Williams

    He forgot to say that things will get better, just not while i'm President

    November 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Of course not you idiot! It'll take a lot more than four years to fix everything the previous eight years created! It's funny how childish and "now now now" everyone is with the Obama Presidency. We got screwed by Cheney's Administration all these years and SOMEHOW Obama is at fault because he couldn't fix it all "quick enough". Go on all you haters, just hold your breath for "your people" to save your asses...and you'll all drop dead waiting. Sadly all Obama will get is four years because of this, and many of his administrations' ideas will not come to fruition because they'll all get killed as soon as the new idiots get into office. And by the way, I'm NOT a Democrat! Just a realist!

      November 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      John, the most idiotic thing coming from people like steve Williams, after the "cut taxes to raise revenues" failed so miserably under Regan and Bushie jr, now their solution is to say "cut taxes to lower the deficit". Yeah, the tea baggers have the answers.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobington

      Cheney's administration? Cheney was president?

      November 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunjo

      Where in this galaxy did you live from 2000 to 2008?

      November 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RangerFan

    Cheers to the Giants fans, man they were tough and we just couldn't pull it off. Really great team! Rangers all the way next season baby!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yesh

    thats some great company to be around LG YB and JD

    November 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FarmerK

    As a Ranger supporter, I would first like to say congrats to the Giants. Your victory was well deserved but more importantly to me your sportsmanship and humility afterwards was refreshing. Secondly, congratulations to the Rangers. All season you went out and gave it your all. I hope you have a great holiday and time off and then come back inspired to put it all out on the line again. Thanks again for a great year.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • vb5150

      Thanks for the kind words, FarmerK. It was at tough loss in '02 that left a bitter taste that we can finally get rid of. Nice to know baseball can provide a conduit for civility between here and Texas!

      November 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • SF Resident

      Thanks Farmer K. Applaud the Rangers for their effort – they have a solid team and will contend again next year and going forward. Think it's been interesting that both Rangers fans and Giants fans have been so gracious to each other. It gives me hope that two American locations that seem so opposite one another in politics, culture and population can display grace and humility to each other. Can only hope that the same grace and humility displayed after Monday's World Series final extends to Tuesday's elections and beyond. Semper Esperanza.

      November 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BB Fan

    Whoa! "One of only four players to have driven in the clinching runs in two world series". What happened to Luis Gonzales and the 2001 DBacks knocking out the Yankee's?

    November 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Umm, please re-read the quote that you copied and pasted. Please? Key word there is "two".

      November 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Actually Renteria is the ONLY player to have the winning hit in every world series in which he played. Dimaggio Gerhig and Berra had all kinds of chances

      November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • oddodddodo

      dave, NIce try but wrong. I read in the newspaper that Renteria also played in the 2004 World Series for the Saint Louis Cardinals, where instead of driving in the winning run, he made the final out!

      November 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Chen

      To dave, I think Renteria was the SS on the 2004 Cardinals as well, and they got crushed. He then did the merry-go-round with Cabrera and Eckstein between the RSox, Cardinals, and Angels.

      Does Renteria still have some bad blood with Cabrera? It always seemed ridiculous that two of the very few players from Colombia would actively dislike each other.

      November 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Capitan Justicia

    Way to go Renteria!! Viva Colombia!!!!

    November 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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