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Making a stink: Cliff Lee wraps up clubhouse interview with ’emphatic fart’ (video)


Cliff Lee made his first start on Monday after coming off the 60-day DL and the rust showed as the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher surrendered six runs on 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

As trade rumors swirl around the veteran pitcher, Lee elected to end a clubhouse interview by creating a bit of swirl of wind around him on his own by letting loose a fart to conclude his interaction with the media.

While presumably frustrated with the outing, Lee seemed at ease, relaxed, cool and composed while fielding questions as he discussed getting his first post-DL start out of the way and getting back into the routine of pitching every five games and so on and so forth.

But Lee saved perhaps what should be deemed his true feelings about the start after the media session was concluded. As Lee stood up, he looked around mischievously before cutting one, an expulsion of gas that could be more than readily heard.

New York Daily News’ MLB Insider Andy Martino was among the witnesses of Lee’s flatulence, writing on Twitter, “Cliff Lee didn’t have much to say about trades, but he did end his interview session with an emphatic fart, of which he seemed quite proud.”

Ha. “Emphatic fart.” If a person is going to fart, he or she might as well be emphatic about it. Take pride in their gassy bodily functions, right?

Lee now joins fellow pitcher Jonathan Papelbon as Phillies players who have foolishly demonstrated their affinity for a bout of postgame flatulence this season. Papelbon appeared to annoyingly rip a fart following an April game when reporters inquired about a perceived drop in the velocity on his pitches.

I guess you could say that as far as cutting a fart during interactions with the media is concerned, Papelbon and Lee are cut from the same cloth. Although CSN Philly’s John Finger questions the wisdom of that decision, tweeting, “if Cliff Lee wants to start a war of flatulence with the Philadelphia sporting press, he’s lost his damn mind.”

Indeed. Sportswriters may not be the best group of people to wage a fart war against.

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