Mets pitcher Al Leiter has had some pressure-packed moments at Shea Stadium, but the Jersey boy (he's from Toms River) was never as nervous as when he got on stage with Bruce Springsteen to shake a tambourine at a Oct. 3 show at Shea. "It was frightening," says Leiter, who guest-tamboed on Rosalita. "I had to down a couple of beers before I went out." Leiter has known Springsteen since 1988, when he and Yankees teammate Don Mattingly met him during his Tunnel of Love tour. Since then Leiter's been backstage at more than a dozen shows. After Leiter lost Game 5 of the World Series to the Yankees in a gutty 140-pitch outing at Shea in 2000, Springsteen called to praise his performance. "I played that message over and over," says Leiter. "I was like a teenager." The Rosalita cameo came at Springsteen's request—despite Leiter's rather uncertain musical ability. "I've never played an instrument," says Leiter. "I started shaking the tambourine, and Stevie [Van Zandt, Springsteen's guitarist] kept smiling at me and rolling his eyes because I was doing it wrong. I didn't care. For 10 minutes I was a rock star."
?When German tennis star Tommy Haas needs pumping up, he calls on Mr. Pumping Iron himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The newly elected governor of California and Haas's father, Peter, have been friends since they attended grade school together in Graz, Austria. Tommy Haas, 25, says Schwarzenegger often calls him before matches and is a regular when Haas plays at the Mercedes-Benz Cup in L.A. After I Haas's parents were seriously injured last June in a motorcycle accident in Sarasota, Fla. (they are nearly fully recovered), Schwarzenegger gave Haas the use of his private plane A to visit them and to fly in medical specialists. "He's been a great friend, very supportive," Haas says. "I'm so excited about his winning, I may even buy a home in his state."
?Mixed doubles, anyone? Tennis champs Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf had their second child on Oct. 3 at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas. Graf gave birth to a girl, Jaz Elle Agassi, who joins brother Jaden Gil, born in October 2001. Agassi, who was at the birth, celebrated the next day at a dinner for the Andre Agassi Foundation, which aids underprivileged children. The event hauled in $12.6 million—the most lucrative non-political fund-raiser ever in Vegas—and made the Emmys look like a ninth-grade talent show. The night included a conceit with Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel and Sir Elton John. Comics Dennis Miller and Robin Williams performed, and an auction offered the chance to ride around Austin with Lance Armstrong and Williams (two winning bids of $120,000), a sleepover for 12 kids at the FAO Schwartz in LA with a visit by Shaquille O'Neal ($70,000), and a round of golf with Agassi and Bill Clinton ($65,000).
?Yacht see! Fox sideline reporter Tony Siragusa is selling his 80-foot Feretti, which includes five bedrooms, five baths and a plasma TV. (The price is reportedly in the $2 million to $3 million range.) The former defensive tackle bought the boat in 2001 from former NFL quarterback Craig Erickson, a boat broker in Florida—Raptors guard Vince Carter now has a built-in cure for back problems. He got engaged to Ellen Rucker, a chiropractor he's known since their days at North Carolina. The two were college sweethearts and reunited in July after five years apart. Rucker's sister is married to Mavericks forward Antawn Jamison.