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Life in the Bay area goes on and San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos wants the World Series to be part of it starting Friday.

Just minutes before the start of Game 3 between San Francisco and Oakland last Tuesday, a powerful earthquake hit northern California, causing death and destruction for miles.The people of the region, however, have made a remarkable recovery in a short period of time.

"Cable cars are running. The opera is performing. Conventions are starting. The 49ers are playing," Agnos said. "It's time to go on.

"We even had our first protest demonstration, a sure sign that we are regaining our equilibrium."

During a news conference at the St. Francis Hotel on Sunday, Agnos and Commissioner Fay Vincent said the World Series would resume on Friday.

Games 3 and 4 and, if necessary, Game 5, will be played over the weekend at Candlestick Park. If needed, Monday would be an off day and the Series could end in Game 6 on Tuesday, Oct. 31, or in Game 7 on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Oakland Coliseum. Oakland leads the best-of-7 Series 2-0.

Last Wednesday, Vincent tentatively scheduled the Series to resume on Tuesday.

"We have agreed that baseball should resume with enthusiasm this coming week," Vincent said. "But Tuesday was too ambitious."

Vincent, however, made it clear all week that baseball was not a priority, but only a guest, in the Bay area. The final decision was made by Agnos.

So now, this Series, which had already been delayed by the longest layoff ever, will go 11 days between games. All games will be played at their original starting times.

The mayor said he did not have the time to think about the World Series until this weekend. He met with Vincent Saturday night and early Sunday.

"I think the commissioner looked at every angle and took his best shot," Oakland manager Tony La Russa said. "I'm pleased he withstood pressure from a few to cancel this thing and made the decision most wanted."

Vincent said the teams would not play next Monday because, "Monday hasn't been a day the World Series played."

The reason for that, however, is because baseball has not wanted to get into a television competition with Monday night NFL games, although it did happen in 1986, when rain pushed back Game 7 between the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets.

ABC, which has television rights to the World Series, also televises the NFL's Monday night package and is scheduled to show the game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.

In 1986, the Giants played Washington the night the Mets won the Series.

Vincent said the chances of the World Series being cancelled or moved out of the Bay area are "totally unlikely."

"The people of San Francisco waited 27 years for this World Series, and what I think we're doing is giving them what they've waited for," Vincent said.

Should the Series go beyond five games, it would be baseball's latest ending ever. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the 1981 World Series on Oct. 28, ending a strike-marred season that included an extra round of playoffs due to the split-season format.

Meanwhile, the Giants and A's will continue with their workouts.

"They want to play, but they recognize these are different times," Athletics general manager Sandy Alderson said. "I'm certain it creates problems for your pitching, for motivation."

"Now that there is a definitive date, the players will respond," Giants general manager Al Rosen said.

The response, however, wasn't all positive.

"I think it's absurd," Oakland's Dave Parker said of the delay. "They're taking a lot away from what the Series represents."

Added Oakland first baseman Mark McGwire: "It's a joke, that's all it is. It's a joke."

"It's getting a little hard every day we don't play," Giants catcher Terry Kennedy said. "Hopefully the intensity will return. I can't say it will be the same though."