Asking an umpire to check an opponent's equipment to try to psych him out, in the absence of other evidence that he is cheating, is completely unsportsmanlike. The Sox did this to Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez before the top of the eighth inning tonight; Lopez subsequently coughed up the first run of the game.

I remember once some guy who was facing Kerry Wood asked the umpire to check the ball. Wood promptly drilled him with a fastball for the next pitch.

Kids, if you're reading this, don't ever call an opponent a cheater without some solid evidence.


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