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Sleep-Deprived Fans Late for Work

October 23, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ John Koslik was late to his job at the Commodities Exchange on Monday but he had a good excuse: He was at Game 2 of the World Series and didn’t get home to Valley Stream until 4 a.m.

``I wouldn’t have missed it for anything,″ said a tired Koslik, decked out in a Yankees hat and warmup jacket on his way to work Monday. ``Most of my voice is gone but I can live with that as long as they won.″

Yankees fans were smiling after their team took a 2-0 lead over the Mets in the first all-New York World Series since 1956.

But fans of both teams could be forgiven for stifling a yawn if they stayed up to watch the games. Saturday’s 12-inning affair lasted nearly five hours while Sunday’s game took up a more modest three and a half hours. With the games starting after 8 p.m., many New Yorkers are staying up past their bedtime.

Bleary-eyed Peter Garrity described himself as a die-hard Mets fan who hasn’t given up hope.

``Listen, this is the Mets. They always like to pull it out at the end,″ he said. ``Just watch and see. Those guys have heart.″

Garrity stayed up to watch Sunday’s game but sent his 11-year-old son to bed in the seventh inning.

``I had a hard time getting up this morning, more because of the loss probably than the late hour,″ he said.

Some early risers had to forgo the last few innings.

``I know the Yankees won,″ said Michael Turek, who has to be at his job as a security guard at the World Trade Center by 6 a.m. ``Most people I talk to watch half the game and then go to sleep.″

Others said fatigue was a small price to pay for a Subway Series.

``I couldn’t go to sleep until 4 a.m. Sunday, after Game 1, and I went to bed at 2 a.m. this morning,″ said Gerald Shockey. ``Needless to say, I am exhausted. But this is a once-in-a-lifetime World Series, and it’s worth sleep deprivation.″

Benjamin Hebb savored every minute.

``It’s worth a lack of sleep to watch the games,″ he said, ``but if the Series goes to seven games, I will be a zombie and so will the rest of the city.″

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