Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A New Low: Pitcher Assaults General Manager

From "Astros suspend pitcher Chacon indefinitely for insubordination" (AP/

HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon was suspended indefinitely by the team Wednesday for insubordination after reportedly grabbing general manager Ed Wade by the neck and throwing him to the ground.

Chacon, upset after getting demoted to the bullpen over the weekend, told the Houston Chronicle this problem began when Wade saw him in the dining room before the game against Texas. Wade wanted to meet with Chacon in manager Cecil Cooper's office, the pitcher said.

"I sat down to eat and Ed Wade came to me and very sternly said, 'You need to come with me to the office,'" Chacon said. "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."

Chacon said things went downhill from there.

"He started yelling and cussing," Chacon said of Wade, according to a story on the Chronicle's Web site. "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."

Chacon said that after Wade told him he needed to "look in the mirror," it got worse.

"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," he said. "Words were exchanged."

Holy smokes, what an Ron Artest-ian move by Chacon. And to confirm the entire story to a newspaper? That would be career suicide, except this is a sport where the Yankees re-signed malcontent Sidney Ponson out of sheer desperation. Don't be surprised to see Chacon playing in the majors again this season.


cigarcow said...


Orel said...

In a WWE sense, maybe. But not great for the sport of baseball.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, did you really just write "Holy smokes"?

Rob said...

I'll call your "holy smokes" and raise you a "Great Caesar's ghost!"