Daniel Murphy collected his toll at second base in the form of Brandon Phillips' batting gloves
Second base at Nationals Park is Daniel Murphy's domain. He is its ruler, and the base is his and his alone to govern. It is his to assert his dominance over:
And, if he so chooses, he may enact a toll for all baserunners who pass through.
When Brandon Phillips was stationed on second during the sixth inning of the Nationals' eventual 3-2 14-inning walk-off win over the Reds on Friday night, Murphy snatched the batting gloves right from Phillips' pocket. They were his toll for Phillips' occupancy of the base. As a fellow second baseman, Phillips had to understand.
But, being the benevolent ruler that he is, Murphy gave the gloves right back. Unlike some tax collectors: