Your Mother Slept With Wilt Chamberlain

A Sports Blog on why ALL Teams Suck…Again!

Archive for June 26th, 2008

Don’t You Dare Bother Shawn Chacon When he’s Eating

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on June 26, 2008

So there he was just minding his own business and eating his dinner in the dining room before the game against the Texas Rangers. Shawn Chacon wasn’t bothering anyone but the general manager Ed Wade decided to make a critical mistake.

“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.”

This is where things go downhill.

“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 claims 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.”

Shawn has been suspended indefinitely by the team. and Ed Wade must be a distant cousin of P.J. Carlesimo because that little grab was by the neck with shades of Latrell Spreewell.

I know when I have a full slab of ribs and some corn, I hate to be bothered. I once smacked a grown man in the mouth for interrupting me while I was enjoying my Coldstone Ice cream.

Lance Berkman, who said he did not see the incident, was one of the few players who agreed to talk about it.

“Obviously it’s something that nobody in here is thrilled that it happened,” he said. “But this is a sport of high emotion and sometimes things happen that organizations wish wouldn’t and that’s why there’s vehicles like suspending the players to deal with those situations.”

Hmmm maybe Chacon should tell the media he was eating a snickers bar or something and cash in on the endorsement, commercial, etc. You know he won’t be pitching again. First he blows, second beating up a GM is usually a no no.

Wade did confirm that Chacon’s agent called and requested a trade earlier this week but said “that has nothing to do with the events of today.”

Chacon is concerned that he might not pitch in the majors again. Gee…I wonder why.

“Maybe it shouldn’t have happened,” Chacon said. “But when you do those things and you’re yelling at somebody and you’re cussing you better know what type of person you’re dealing with. If there’s any regret, I just wish they had just let me alone. I wish they had left me alone.”

Chacon signed a $2 million, one-year contract with Houston in February after spending 2007 with Pittsburgh. He split time as a starter and a reliever there and was 5-4 with a 3.94 ERA and one save in 64 appearances with the Pirates.

When asked if he was concerned about his personality or character when Chacon was signed, Wade opted to discuss his play instead.

“I’d hoped he pitched better for us,” Wade said. “That’s the bottom line. We took him out of the rotation on Sunday basically on merit. He’d had 10 starts since late April, and the last three starts, four starts weren’t very good. So we hoped that he would help us in the bullpen, and unfortunately we’re at a point right now when we think it’s in our best interest to move forward.”

Why should he be disgruntled about being bumped for the rotation. He should have been grateful the Astros gave him a shot at the rotation in the first place because the Pirates wouldn’t keep him in their rotation. And if a team as bad as the Pirates were last year to not have he as a starter (despite the organization wise decision to give their youngsters over below average veterans) he should be fortunate to start in a contenders rotation, granted Houston has nothing behind Oswalt this year.

You don’t yell and cuss at a grown man, an employee no less. That’s just juvenile and very unprofessional. If Chacon’s version is accurate then Astro’s owners should discipline Wade. However, if your boss, the person who employs you and pays your salary (2 mil. no less) tells you they want to see you in their office, you DO NOT respond, “for what?” and “I don’t want to.” Say “Yes sir”, “Give me a minute”, or even “let me finish eating and I’ll be right there”. Say something, but saying “for what?” is just asking to get your butt chewed.

Posted in Crime & Punishment, Ed Wade, Houston Astros, Latrell Sprewell, Major League Baseball, Shawn Chacon | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »