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11/02/2001 04:48 AM ET awards No. 4 trains for Game 5
By Adam McCalvy
Wow. Maybe there is something to this Yankees mystique stuff. In honor of the host city, New York, and its citizens' favorite way to get to fabled Yankee Stadium, we award No. 4 trains to the standouts (and letdown) of Game 5. Here goes:

One train: It's 2 a.m., 90 degrees on the platform, the train just left.
Two trains: You meant to hop on the express, but jumped on the local. And it's packed.
Three trains: It's a full house, but the express is clicking.
Four trains: Open seats, clean car, air conditioning.
Five trains: Can't believe I'm getting my own car at rush hour. Am I dreaming?


Scott Brosius
Did I just see what I thought I saw? After the Game 4 heroics by Tino Martinez and Derek Jeter, surely the Yankees were out of magic, down to their last out and trailing 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 5. But with Jorge Posada on second base, Brosius pounded a 1-0 pitch from Byung-Hyun Kim into the left-field seats to tie the game and force extra innings. Then, in the 12th, his sacrifice bunt moved the winning run into scoring position for Soriano's game-winning hit.

Alfonso Soriano
His line-drive single to right in the 12th put the Yankees ahead, three-games-to-two, and marked the second time this postseason he ended a game with one swing. And he's just a rookie.

Paul O'Neill
Was the focus of one of the most remarkable displays of fan support in recent history. A Yankee since 1993 and likely playing in his last game in the Bronx before retirement, O'Neill drew a two-out walk to extend the bottom of the eighth. The Yankees failed to score, and as O'Neill ran to his spot in right field chants of "PAUL-O-NEE-EL, PAUL-O-NEE-EL" began emminating from the crowd. By the time Steve Finley was batting against Ramiro Mendoza, the scattered chant had transformed into a full house chanting in unison, and O'Neill looked up to the stands visibly moved. All that for a walk. And, oh yeah, nine seasons, four World Championships and one win shy of a fifth.

Mike Mussina
Eight innings, five hits and a season-high 10 strikeouts. But two of those hits were solo home runs by D-Backs hitters, and Mussina was in line for the loss until Brosius' long ball in the ninth.


Byung-Hyun Kim
It seems almost unfair for a young closer to go up against such an experienced Yankees lineup full of big hits.

Miguel Batista
With all the attention paid to Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, the poet/scholar Batista has avoided the spotlight this postseason. But pitching on 10 days rest Thursday he was nearly flawless, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings -- his longest stint of the season -- while allowing five hits and striking out six. Like Schilling in Game 4, Batista deserved better than a no-decision.

Rod Barajas
He wasn't even in the lineup as of two hours before the first pitch, but he filled in for injured catcher Damian Miller and came up huge. Collected hits in each of his first two trips to the plate including a solo home run that made it 2-0, and earlier threw out Soriano as the Yankees speedster tried to steal second. By the way, Barajas hit .160 with three home runs in 51 regular-season games and was last in the NL at throwing out would-be basestealers among catchers with at least 30 attempts. So much for that.

Michael Brenly
Think this kid is enjoying his World Series experience? The son of D-Backs manager Bob Brenly got a uniform, a seat in the dugout for the World Series and a permission slip to skip a few days of school to watch his pop work. He danced along with the Yankee Stadium grounds crew to the song YMCA in the middle innings, and -- oops -- got caught on camera by FOX.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for