Note To Self: Choke your Boss, Lose your Job

Chris HesterSenior Analyst IJune 27, 2008

Just one day after a violent altercation with GM Ed Wade, Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon was given his walking papers.  This is typically what happens after you attempt to strangle your boss.

Chacon and Wade, as I am sure you have heard, were involved in a heated argument Wednesday that lead to Chacon throwing Wade to the ground and choking him.  This move reminds me a little of the old ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon feud of the late 90’s!  All we need now is Chacon to hit him with a “stunner” and the story is complete.

To add more interest to the story, just one day after being placed on waivers, Derek “the most overrated player in MLB” Jeter (I didn’t say it, his colleagues did) has said he would vouch for Chacon’s character if the Yankees decided to take a chance on him.

How bad does your starting rotation have to be for the poster-boy of your franchise to go to bat for a guy that just tried to strangle his boss in order to possibly win a few more games?  Well played Derek.

As for Chacon’s defense he says that Mr. Wade came into the team dining area and demanded he come to the manager’s office with him.  When Shawn declined Mr. Wade (according to Chacon) began yelling and swearing at the pitcher which was followed by the physical confrontation.

“So, at that point, I lost my cool and I grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground,” Chacon said. “I jumped on top of him because, at that point, I wanted to beat his (butt). Words were exchanged.”

This whole ordeal began after Chacon was demoted to the bullpen after a recent stretch where he went 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA.  Somehow Mr. Chacon felt those numbers were good enough to remain in the Astros’ pitching rotation.

I am glad I finally know how to handle myself when things are not going my way.  The next time I spend a month being completely lousy at my job and my boss decides to demote me…it’s ‘Stone-Cold Stunner’ time baby!