The Phillies and Atlanta Braves didn't play baseball last weekend in Philadelphia as much as stage a war of attrition. During a waterlogged Saturday and Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, the teams squeezed four games, 38 innings and 1,154 pitches into a span of about 30 hours.
Never mind the wild-card race: This was Major League Baseball's answer to "Survivor: Borneo."
Outfielder Shane Victorino was the only Philadelphia player to play every inning. So what was his reward? He woke up Monday morning with the knowledge that a Labor Day matinee against Houston's Roger Clemens awaited. That's all the incentive a man needs to roll over and abdicate his professional responsibilities.