The 7 train, the New York City subway line that runs from Manhattan to Shea Stadium, has historically been unkind to out-of-town pitchers. Just ask John Rocker. But Phillies reliever Randy Wolf is hoping for a better mass transit experience. Last Thursday he was waiting at Grand Central Station for the train to the ballpark when he met a woman in brown suede bell-bottoms. After a brief chat they went their separate ways. Wolf, a 26-year-old bachelor, couldn't stop thinking about his mysterious fellow traveler ("There was something about her eyes," he said) and decided to try to track her down. His quest has become a cause du jour in New York, where it drew mention in the tabloids and on the evening news. At press time the sultry straphanger—who Wolf thinks might be named Liz or Linda and who stands about 5'6" and has brown hair with frosty streaks—had yet to come forward.
?Back in December, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner criticized his star shortstop, Derek Jeter, for his late-night partying ways. Apparently all is forgiven. The two star in a new ad for Visa, in which Jeter and the Boss spend a night on the town, at one point dancing in the same conga line.
? Gene Washington was a four-time All-Pro receiver with the 49ers, but his best catch might have nothing to do with football. Washington escorted national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to a state dinner for the president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, last week. It wasn't their first date. Last year Washington joined Rice at a dinner for the president of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski. The two met in the 1990s at Stanford, where Washington, who is now the director of football operations for the NFL, was an assistant athletic director and Rice was provost.
?Mixed triples, anyone? It looks as if Steffi Graf won't be keeping the promise she made to her husband at the Australian Open. Andre Agassi said Graf told him at the season's first major that she would be his mixed doubles partner at the French Open if he won Down Under. Agassi held up his end of the bargain, beating Rainer Schuettler in the Aussie finals. Yet Graf won't be playing with him at Roland Garros. She has a good reason: She's pregnant. The couple's second child (son Jaden turns two in October) is due in November. "It wouldn't be wise for a pregnant woman to play," Agassi said.
? New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey was recently blown off by Britney Spears when he approached her in New York's Capitale restaurant. He appears to have landed on his feet, though. The brash fan favorite, who was an All-Pro as a rookie, was seen cuddling with Tara Reid at a recent Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in New Jersey.... We knew IRL driver Kenny Brack, who won at the Indianapolis 500 in 1999, could really roll, but who knew he could rock? Brack, 37, spent most days in May preparing for Sunday's Indy 500, in which he finished 16th. Meanwhile by night he played in his band, The Subwoofers, who opened for Cracker at the Brickyard last Thursday, just hours after Brack turned the fastest lap on Carburetion Day, the final day of practice before the race. The band plays classic rock cover tunes, but Brack's bandmates try to steer him from the music of his native Sweden. "We've asked him if we could stay away from ABBA," said lead singer Kathy Prather.