Fan mails Philadelphia Phillies’ Cliff Lee their fingernail clippings

Sep 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

They say if you want to get a response from a Major League Baseball player – especially a star like Cliff Lee, the best way is to mail them a card/letter during spring training.

It’s more than just asking for autograph requests though as many fans simply just want to write a inspirational letter or say hello. Or in the case of one odd fan, send their fingernail clippings.

Yep – that’s what happened to the Philadelphia Phillies ace recently according to’s Anthony Castrovince.

Tidbit from camp today: Somebody mailed Cliff Lee their fingernail clippings. The perks of celebrity.

There’s really no explanation as to why the fan did such a thing or if there was an actual return mailing address on the item or if somebody was just attempting to be irritating/gross.

Of course, there is DNA on the nails so if somebody wanted to get investigative, it likely wouldn’t take much to figure out who sent the oddity.

Regardless, what a strange item to receive in the mail.

Hopefully the fan didn’t ruin the time honored tradition for kids around the country looking to get an autograph.

Topics: Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

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