Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com was in Clearwater to do a piece on the Phillies’ pitching staff yesterday and he came away with one incredibly strange (awesome?!) tidbit:
As a slightly over-the-top Cliff Lee admirer, I have to say I respect the effort here. Like many pitchers, Lee can often be spotted grooming himself in the dugout. Fingernails are either a pitcher’s best friend or his worst enemy (depending on if cheating is your thing). So we’ll assume there’s some meaning here besides someone just wanting their DNA to spill out all over Lee when he opened the letter in a random state of undress in the clubhouse. Perhaps this is just a nice little tip of the cap to Lee’s nervous energy on game days. Or maybe someone thinks he scuffs balls. I’m sure we’ll find out more soon.
Related: There’s no truth to the rumor that Jonathan Papelbon received a human asshole in the mail.