OAKLAND, OCT. 11 -- The furor of Wednesday's final game of the American League Championship Series had dissipated, leaving a back-to-business calm in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum today. The Oakland Athletics had a World Series to begin preparing for this afternoon, and the focal points quickly turned from Roger Clemens's rage to Walt Weiss's knee and Jose Canseco's finger.

"Oh, was there an incident around here {Wednesday}? I had forgotten," Canseco said with a chuckle as he finished a weight-room workout. "We've moved on to the next task already."

That, of course, is readying for a third consecutive World Series appearance as the A's -- with a 10-game postseason winning streak, the second-best such string of all time -- try for a second straight championship. Oakland players and officials alike are shrugging off the superlatives and warning that they must capture another title before even thinking about a place in history.

Canseco, not surprisingly, is the exception. "I've been saying it for weeks," the brash outfielder said. "We're one of the best teams ever put together, and we're on our way to proving it. This is going to be a sweep-sweep postseason for us, and no one can deny our greatness."

But most of those around Canseco were thankful for a few days of rest. Oakland's four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox hardly seemed taxing, but the wild Clemens fiasco that began with home plate umpire Terry Cooney's second-inning ejection of the Red Sox' ace right-hander brought an emotional whirlwind that demanded a recovery period.

There were few developments in today's aftermath. The Red Sox returned to Boston late Wednesday and quickly scattered toward offseason endeavors. Major league umpires leaped to the defense of Cooney, who was criticized by Red Sox players and some others for failing to issue Clemens a warning before ejecting him.

AL President Bobby Brown delayed a decision about whether to fine or suspend Clemens at the beginning of next season until he has had a chance to review the umpires' reports and videotapes -- that despite the fact that he viewed the proceedings from a box seat. However, Brown said he'll provide "careful examination and consideration" about Clemens's shove of umpire Jim Evans before making a decision about possible penalties.

Wednesday was a testing day for Clemens from start to finish. A warm-up pitch in the bullpen slipped from his hand, flew over the right field wall about 100 feet away and struck a fan in the head after one bounce on a concrete walkway. Clemens's day ended with him tossing his cap to a longtime heckler as he left the field, then being asked an inning later by Evans to leave the dugout.

In a postgame news conference he said he swore at Cooney only once and had done nothing "to show him up." But most onlookers, including players in both dugouts, said otherwise -- supporting Cooney's contention that Clemens had unleashed a stream of obscenities as he stood on the mound questioning Cooney's ball-four call of a pitch to Willie Randolph.

A's Manager Tony La Russa backed Cooney, and Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart harshly criticized Clemens's indiscretion. "Roger did a dumb thing, whether the umpire was right to eject him or not," said Stewart.

Brown withheld unconditional support of Cooney's actions, saying: "Only someone who was there on the field and saw and heard all that went on could pass such a judgment." But Richie Phillips, executive director of the Major League Umpires Association, defended Cooney strenuously -- although part of his backing included a mention that Clemens had berated the umpires continuously from the dugout during the series' previous games.

Cooney and Evans denied afterward that Clemens's ejection was based even partly upon his prior conduct. The Red Sox' major postgame objections to the episode were that Cooney had failed to overtly warn Clemens and that the ejection had come prematurely because of the high-strung Clemens's past umpire baiting.

Philadelphia Phillies President Bill Giles was outspoken in his criticism of Cooney. "The attitude is what needs to be changed," he told the Associated Press. "This situation is a great example of how stupid it is to throw out a player for what Clemens did. I sure hope in the negotiations there's some sort of written clause or understanding that the players are what the fans come to see, not the umpires."

The umpires' contract expires at the end of the season. Phillips agreed that there are several issues to talk about, including the possibility of adding a fifth umpire to each crew, but said authority is not one of them.

"That's certainly not a point that should come up in the collective bargaining agreement," he said. "Giles is so far off base when he says something like that, it's absurd. The umpires don't think for one second that the fans come to see umpires umpire. But when Giles talks about putting something in writing, there is something in writing -- the official baseball rules. And those say a player cannot be abusive to an umpire."

But, as La Russa said today, "It's time to move on. . . . We'd most likely have won that series one way or another, incident or no incident."

La Russa said he will start Stewart in Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series and that only his relationship with Cincinnati Manager Lou Piniella -- the two played baseball with and against one another growing up -- was leading him to pull for the Reds in the National League playoffs.

But he's most concerned with his team's injuries. Shortstop Weiss missed the final two games of the ALCS after suffering sprained ligaments in his left knee during Game 2. Weiss's availability may not be determined until Monday.

Canseco could not swing a bat or throw a ball before he was removed after the sixth inning of Game 4, but he pledged to be ready by next week.

"I wouldn't miss the World Series for anything in the world," he said. "We're getting ready to tackle history here."