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SKIPPING OUT TO BE PART OF TROP'S IN CROWD

Seems everyone just wanted to be at the Trop for the occasion, playing hooky or using vacation day to get there.

Nurse Debra Spitzner, 27, took her last vacation day this year to hang out at the stadium.

"What's the point of going to work?" she said. "I wouldn't be able to concentrate anyway."

Don Hall, 66, picked up his grandson, Clay Hall, 12, Tuesday at his Alabama middle school and drove straight to Tampa Bay. The family moved there from Hernando County in June.

"I told him if they got into the World Series we'd go to a game. It's the only way I could get him to move," Don Hall said.

Clay will miss two days of school, but Grandpa said baseball was worth it. "Ah, he's a good student."

Anthony Lopez, 43, a lawyer from Tampa, went to court then changed into shorts and a T-shirt. He has been trying all season to get every player to sign a bat for him. Lopez, who has been a Rays believer since he attended their first game, said he always knew the team would make it to the World Series, but didn't think the wait would be this short.

"They just used to be so bad," he said.

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