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Friday, October 27, 2000

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Agbayani: ‘You learn
from this’

By Ben DiPietro
Special to the Star-Bulletin

NEW YORK -- To come so far and be so close and not get what you want hurts.

With the game over, the season over, the Mets coming up just short in the World Series, Benny Agbayani could be nothing but disappointed. If he weren't, there would be something wrong with him.

"I'm really upset, but they got the win," Agbayani said after the Yankees finished off the Mets with a 4-2 win in Game 5, taking the Subway Series, 4-1.

Before the series Agbayani predicted it would go five games, only the Mets were the winners, the champs of New York and the world.

If not for Agbayani's clutch, game-winning double to give the Mets a win in Game 3, the boys from Shea might not have won a game.

While nothing could give Agbayani solace at this time, he showed class in giving credit to the Yankees, who showed little of it during the series with signs like "Mets in 3000" and with the actions of unapologetic pitcher Roger Clemens.

"They executed," Agbayani told the New York Post. "They made the key plays and got the big hits at the right time."

Agbayani had one hit, a run-scoring single in the second inning that gave the Mets their final run of the season. There were two on and two outs in the sixth when Agbayani came up needing a hit to put the Mets ahead and snap a 2-2 tie, but Hawaii's own couldn't get it done.

"Their pitching kept us off-balance," said Agbayani, who batted .278 with two runs batted in for the series.

"You learn from this," he said. "We came this far. Everybody played their hearts out and left their hearts in it for nine innings. I'm proud of this team. For the team, it was tough. We fought hard to get here."

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