As soon as media outlets started reporting that Shawn Chacon was traded to the New York Yankees for two prospects, reporters and critics started to rip the Yankees apart. They claimed that Chacon was just going to hold up in the Yankees rotation for a bit like temporary starters.
Enter Shawn Chacon vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the first time in pinstripes. He did not allow a single run through six innings. Silence goes over the doubters.
He would end the regular season with a 7-3 record and a sub-3 ERA with 2.85. In the postseason, Chacon was thought of a possible bullpen pitcher, but he would be the go-to guy in Game 4 of the ALDS. The Yankees were down in the series to the team that Chacon defeated in his Yankee debut.
He came up clutch and was able to hold the Angels to only two runs. The Yankees would win that game before being eliminated in the next game.