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. Dooly

    Cool Oakley Ski Goggles, Where's the Slopes???

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

      @Dooly. That made me chuckle a bit.

      November 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. happyface

    Phillies, Rangers – They were all good teams but God knew it was our time to win , we been beat up before and now is was our time to win. Praise God alll you people of the Land of California. Amen

    November 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Smythe

      @ happyface....I think God has bigger things to worry about than who wins the World Series.

      November 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jonboy

    Response to GARY who remembers the Giants win in SF back in '54. They played in NY in '54. SF was still a minor league team back then. You must of bumped your head while in the AF.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted

      was that the same year that you fought over Nam Gary? the 54 GIANTS....remember em well.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emile Zola

    I know for whom the policeman voted: Tea partier ticket. Racism deserves an arm of the law to subsist.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Renteria is truely a hero to Colombians everywhere. Not only because of his unbelieveable clutch offense and defense on the field, but because he represents so much of the good from a country that is unfairly portrayed so poorly by the media. Hopefully his class on and off the field will positively contribute to the image of such a beautiful nation that so many Americans fall in love while visiting for vacation or business.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Yeah but he sucked in Boston 30 ERRORS but whose counting

      November 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ek

      John, we need to be careful about using an individual to represent an entire country. Does he suddenly no longer represent Colombians if he does something stupid, or does it mean that Colombians are all _____. Renteria's a great player. Colombia's a great country, and that has nothing to do with Renteria's baseball skills.

      November 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. robert

    I say forget the "since 1954". They were the NY Giants then. It is the first WS win for SF.....EVER.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. allsmith

    Dear Rangers fans,

    Congratulations on a great season. You guys have an excellent team and a beautiful stadium. I was there for Game 4, and there was only one less-than-sportsmanlike person who seemed to think that my Giants garb gave him leave to act like an idiot. You guys are real baseball fans, and if it weren't for the fact that they were playing my Giants I would have liked it if you had won.

    Again, congratulations on a great season.

    A Giants Fan

    November 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. am

    didnt renteria make the final out against keith foulke for the cards in the 04 series which means he didnt have the winning hit in every ws he played

    November 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Liberal4Obama

    Texas SUCKS!

    November 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JOEM

    That's what the Rangers get for having the two worst Presidents in history throw out the first balls...You remember
    "Don't mess with Texas" and "Mission Accomplished"

    November 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobington

      Not that I like dBush or anything, but are those really that much worse than "Yes We Can" and "The Summer Of Recovery"

      November 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobington

      Here is one for all of you Dems and Repubs out there "Mission Accomplished" = "Summer Of Recovery"

      November 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bobington

    Most boring World Series in years.

    November 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Superhiro

    @ Bobington. Lol please. I guess it was boring if you like hitting.

    November 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobington

      I am sure in Texas and SF it was exciting, but it was like the whos against the whats. Though whats her futz the pitcher is pretty good.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Joem,

    What does your politics have to do with this? At least the Ranger played in a WS. Come back later when the White Sox do! After all that would be SOMEBODY's favorite team. "Don't mess with Texas and "mission accomplished" but not "yes we can" or "fired up and ready to go"? Oh yeah what does this have to do with your politics again?

    November 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobington (the fake one)

      Everything has to do with politics!

      November 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Superhiro

    If only Bush had become owner of the Rangers like he wanted huh? Too bad he had to take that "other job"

    November 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bbuddy94

    $7000 pay off debt, start a college fund and put a down payment on a home. Don't forget the taxes you will owe on the $7000 sale.

    How about just pay off debt and if anything is left over put it in the bank. $7000 sure goes a long way in MOnroe.
    SO sad

    November 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
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