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Subway Series has Fans Scrambling for Memorabilia

Aired October 24, 2000 - 2:40 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The Subway Series rolls into Queens tonight. Orlando Hernandez, "El Duque," starts game three for the Yanks. Rick Reed, we call him Rick, takes the mound for the Mets. The Yankees hold a two to nothing series lead. In case you're not following closely, here is CNN's Gary Tuchman who joins us from Times Square, and he is following things closely.

Gary, what's going on there?

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right Lou, we join you from 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in the island of Manhattan. This was an area you'd avoid a few years ago, but now it's a place with beautiful movie theaters, nice restaurants and this: the Yankee Clubhouse store where people are coming off the subways to buy Subway Series souvenirs.

It's been jammed all day; people wanting anything they can get their hands on. We have a father and son here, you guys Yankee fans?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A little of both.

TUCHMAN: A little of both, which means you're also a Mets fan?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, we pull for whichever ballpark we're at.

TUCHMAN: How do you folks feel that we have a Mets fan in the store?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Booh!

TUCHMAN: Just kidding. That's allowed, this is a free country.

What's your name?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Jonah (ph).

TUCHMAN: Jonah, how come you're not in school?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Because I came to see the series.

TUCHMAN: Where are you guys from?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

TUCHMAN: Alabama -- so what did you buy today, that's what I want to ask you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've got a sweatshirt and two or three T- shirts.

TUCHMAN: Are you going to the World Series games?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes sir.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've been to the first two and we're going back to the third one tonight.

TUCHMAN: Lucky guy.

Let me go to the cash register real quick. We want to find out the hottest item. This is George Kanellopoulos, the manager here.

George, what's the hottest item people are buying?

GEORGE KANELLOPOULOS, STORE MANAGER: Anything with Subway Series is hot; it's flying out, T-shirts, hats, pens, posters, everything.

TUCHMAN: Are you guaranteeing a Yankees victory to the customers who buy goods here or money back?

KANELLOPOULOS: I can't guarantee it, but it's a good possibility.

TUCHMAN: OK, George, thanks for talking to us.

A lot of New York fans are very tired. The first two World Series games went on to 1:05 a.m., 11:25 p.m., respectively. But obviously they are not too tired to shop.

Lou, back to you.

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