06/25/2001 at 12:00 AM EDT
Fainting spells did not discriminate along party lines this weekend. Cuba's President Fidel Castro, 73, nearly passed out in Havana and had to be helped from the stage two hours into a three-hour speech on Saturday, reports Reuters. He returned 10 minutes later and said, "Don't worry. I'm fine." Castro gave his talk in the hot, midday sun. Meanwhile, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, 40, nearly collapsed and had to be ushered from the stage while giving a commencement address Friday night at his high school alma mater in Bedford, N.Y. "I knew there was hot air in there," he snapped. "I didn't know I was the source." He blamed his brief spell on a missed lunch and the hot temperatures. And speaking about hot under the collar, former Atlanta Brave John Rocker, 26, who drew fire for his remarks about Asians, Native Americans, immigrants, gays and African-Americans all in one magazine interview, was traded to the Cleveland Indians on Friday. He missed the start of the Indians's game Saturday night against Kansas City, however. That evening featured a Negro Leagues tribute.