Houston Astros Pitcher Shawn Chacon a Villian or Pawn?

Jason ElkinsCorrespondent IJune 26, 2008

So some millionaires got in a fight recently. Astros' pitcher Shawn Chacon and his GM Ed Wade had a bit of a throwdown (literally) a few days ago. Did you see the article? Yahoo Sports had a pretty nice write-up.

Apparently, Chacon was getting something to eat in the dining room before a recent game, and Wade approached him and told him he needed to come to the manager’s office with him. Chacon said that he talked to him sternly. From Yahoo Sports:

“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 lost his cool and grabbed Wade by the neck and threw him on the ground. Then he jumped on him. The players in the dining room broke it up quickly. I’m sure Chacon will be traded soon (his agent already put in for the request).

I actually feel a bit sorry for Chacon.  He has been in a bit of a slump lately

“Chacon is 2-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 starts for Houston this year. The right-hander set a major league record with nine straight no-decisions to start the season.”

Often, I think the owners treat their players like pawns in a big chess game. In this instance, just when Chacon sat down to grab a bite to eat (after being pulled from the roster), an angry GM got in his face, calling him to the "principal’s office" in front of his peers.

That’s a classless move on the part of Ed Wade. Why did he need to play the "bully role" by humiliating Chacon in front of his peers? I'm sure many of you will say that Chacon is an employee, and he needs to do what he's told. And I don't disagree. However, this could have been handled much better by Ed Wade.

I am certainly not an advocate of throat grabs and wrestling to solve issues, and I don’t condone public bullying either. They were obviously both in the wrong here, but let’s not be too quick to throw Chacon under the judgment bus (pun intended) without looking at things through his eyes.