Difficult to assess impact of amphetamines ban

Originally Published: September 8, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com
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.


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