This has been a rough season for the Astros Shawn Chacon. First he set a record with having 9 straight no decisions to start the season. It seemed like he was going to get back on track after that in early June though, he went 2-0 with a 3.95 ERA. Things are looking up right? Not exactly. After that he went 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA in four starts. Ouch.
Thats where it started going downhill for him in Houston. As a result of his poor pitching, he was demoted to the bullpen and he was not happy about it one bit. His anger led to an altercation with Astros general manager Ed Wade that turned violent and ended in Chacon being suspended indefinitely.
Here is Chacon’s side of the story:
“And I said, ‘what do you want to speak to me about?’” Chacon said. “He said, ‘we just want to talk to you.’ I said, ‘anything you can say you can say to me right here. I don’t want to go to the office. He looked at me and I said there’s nothing for me to say to you guys.’ And I don’t think whatever they had to say to me they were going to make me happy. I didn’t want to get in a closed-room conversation. I just wanted to be left alone.
“I sat down to eat and Ed Wade came to me and very sternly said, ‘you need to come with me to the office.’ I said ‘for what?’ I said ‘I don’t want to go to the office with you and Cooper.’ And I said ‘You can tell me whatever you got to tell me right here.’ He’s like, ‘oh, you want me to tell you right here?’ And I said, ‘yeah.’ I’m not yelling. I’m calm.”
It deteriorated quickly afterward, according to Chacon.
“He started yelling and cussing,” Chacon said of Wade. “I’m sitting there and I said to him very calmly, ‘Ed, you need to stop yelling at me. Then I stood up and said ‘you better stop yelling at me.’ I stood up. He continued and was basically yelling and stuff and was like, ‘You need to (expletive) look in the mirror.’ So at that point I lost my cool and I grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground. I jumped on top of him because at that point I wanted to beat his (butt). Words were exchanged.”
It’s understandable that he was upset about being demoted but he should’ve just taken it in stride and pitched his way back into the starting lineup. Now because his pride was hurt and he reacted so emotionally, he may never pitch in the majors again. I can’t think of a GM who would sign someone after he attacked another GM.
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