Already upset about being demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen, Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon was suspended indefinitely Wednesday night after a heated exchange with general manager Ed Wade turned violent an hour before the Astros played the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park.
Chacon, who realizes he might not play again this season, admitted he lost his cool and threw Wade to the ground after Wade insisted he go to manager Cecil Cooper’s office. The argument took place in the team’s dining room, which Chacon refused to leave when asked to report to Cooper.
Chacon said he lost his temper after Wade cursed at him and told him to “(expletive) look in the mirror.” Wade declined comment on the specifics.
“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 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.”
Players quickly intervened to separate Wade and Chacon, who remembers being pulled away by backup outfielder Reggie Abercrombie.
After the altercation, Chacon wonders if he’ll pitch again in the majors. Astros owner Drayton McLane is adamant that if he does, it won’t be for his team, and he told his players as much in a meeting shortly before they began their 3-2 loss to the Rangers Wednesday.
“We can’t have anarchy,” McLane said. “You can’t have rebellion. If he disagreed with what Cecil wanted him to do, he should have had the courage to sit down and talk to him.”
Geez, Chacon is stupid. Hasn’t he heard how Ed Wade usually takes good care of relievers financially?
Posted: June 26, 2008 at 02:20 AM | 582 comment(s)
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