Shawn Chacon, Kiss Your Career Goodbye

Michael ShibleySenior Analyst IJune 26, 2008

Here is another example of things you never do to your boss if you want to keep your job.

As reported by the Associated Press.

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, "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.

Goodbye Shawn, don't let the door hit you on the way out. In any job, one thing you never do is call out your boss in public. I do not care how mad you may be at your boss for demoting you; he is the man who is in charge.  

Chacon will be lucky if he gets a spot on another team after this. What team wants someone who, the minute he gets upset because things are not going his way, grabs his general manager by the throat and throws him to the ground?

Assume you worked in an office, or even a fast-food place, and you just got demoted, and the boss wants to talk to you again. If you call him out like Chacon did, and then grab him by the throat and throw him to the ground, not only would you be immediately fired, but you would be lucky not to face criminal charges.

I do not care how good of a pitcher Chacon is (and since he just got demoted to the bullpen, he is not doing very well anyway). He is not someone I would ever want on my team.