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While baseball officials decided whether to finish the World Series, the Bay area tried to pick up the pieces from an earthquake.

A lot of people were asking if the Series should be played at all.Since the end of the season, the Bay area was filled with excitement in anticipation of a World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics.

It was indeed a dream come true.

TV newscasts led off with the Battle of the Bay every night, and the newspapers had special World Series sections.

On Wednesday, the World Series was part of the earthquake roundup.

The quake hit Tuesday at 5:04 p.m., forcing the postponement of Game 3.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Fay Vincent announced that no games would be played before next Tuesday. And then games would only be played with approval of city officials.

"I don't think cancellation of the World Series is appropriate," Vincent said. "Right now, we're hopeful to play next week."

"That's a tough call," former player and manager Joe Torre said. "It's certainly not the kind of atmosphere you want to play a baseball game in."

Vincent said reports indicated Candlestick Park and the Oakland Coliseum sustained only slight damage.

But getting to the parks will be a major problem for a long time.

"Well, the game usually goes on," World Series umpire Rich Garcia said.

"I'm not sure how much it will mean."

Several baseball excutives didn't even wait around to find out if the Series would continue. The suitcases bearing the logos of major league teams were stacked in the lobby of the St. Francis hotel Wednesday morning.

"The World Series is usually a time to see friends and have a good time," said Torre, now a TV commentator. "That's all changed. Even if the games are played, everyone will keep thinking about what happened."

Vincent stressed during his Wednesday news conference that the World Series was no longer a top priority in the Bay area.

"We have to remember we are guests here," Vincent said. "Our modest little game is not a top priority."

More than 200 people were killed in the earthquake and hundreds injured.

At the time of the quake, about 62,000 people had jammed into Candlestick Park to see the first World Series game in San Francisco since 1962.

The World Series was played through World Wars I and II and the Great Depression.

The NFL played a full schedule of games two days after President Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas, and in 1981, the NCAA played its championship basketball game the day President Reagan was shot.

The show always seems to go on.

On Wednesday, baseball officials debated if the World Series should be played after a natuaral disaster.

Donald Fehr, executive director of the players association, said he had been in contact with representatives from the A's and Giants.

None of the players had any damage to their homes and their families were not injured.

"They would like to play here," Fehr said. "It's a matter of safety now."

The Bay area was in shock Wednesday and baseball seemed the least important on the list of priorities.

People were still missing, bridges had fallen down, there was no water, no electricity, no gas.

The recovery had begun, and the water and electricity should be back soon.

But will anyone really want to see a baseball game next week?