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On the move

Mís locker room bugs out for another trip to New York

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Posted: Sunday October 15, 2000 10:38 PM
Updated: Monday October 16, 2000 8:17 AM

  Kazuhiro Sasaki What a relief: Jose Paniagua, Arthur Rhodes and Kazuhiro Sasaki (above) worked four scoreless innings in Game 5. AP

By David Vecsey,

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners were going to be boxing up the locker room one way or another Sunday evening.

But instead of cleaning out their lockers and going their separate ways, all the bats and balls and uniforms and sunflower seeds were loaded into a moving van to Sea-Tac International Airport.

Next stop: New York City.

There was life again for the Mariners, who earned a must-win 6-2 victory against New York in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to force Tuesday's Game 6 at Yankee Stadium.

There was life again for the fans, who sprung to life in the fifth inning when the Mariners staged a coming out party. After watching their team get manhandled by the Yankees in Games 3 and 4, the 47,000 fans at Safeco Field rocked to "Shake Your Groove Thing" while the hauntingly grotesque Baby Cha-Cha did his thing on the scoreboard.

The Baha Boys were woof, woof, woof, woofing again in the locker room, after two days of dead silence, when the M's sat in their folding chairs with far-off stares of bewilderment.

"I don't know if it's a sigh of relief as much as it's just a boost of momentum and confidence," said catcher Joe Oliver. "What can we say? We ran into two pitchers who basically shoved our bats up our you-know-whats the last two games.

"Now we just need to go to New York for Game 6 and not let up on this momentum."

It does seem like a long way to go just to face Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez again, but the Mariners aren't conceding anything. Not even to a pitcher who has never lost a postseason game.

"We're really in a no-lose situation," said John Olerud. "Down 3-1 to this ballclub, I don't think there's a whole lot of people that would give us a chance to be able to come back. So we've really got nothing to lose. And I feel like if we put a couple of good games together, we've got a real good shot."

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