It's a hot time for the beat writers and bloggers at the Houston Chronicle, as the wildest story in all of baseball just happened to the Astros organization. Yes, pitcher Shawn Chacon attacked general managed Ed Wade and got kicked off the team. Blogger Jose de Jesus Ortiz nails the big get: an interview with Houston Astros CEO Drayton McLane.
McLane's first point is valid. You cannot have anarchy on a professional baseball team. These things are businesses and should be run as such. Physical violence should never be the means necessary to get one's point across. Sure, Chacon was upset about his inevitable demotion to the bullpen and wanted to show up management, but perhaps his move should have been a Gandhi-like nonviolent protest instead of a full-out choking.
Still, I think McLane is giving way too much credit to Ed Wade:
"If you shoved a policeman down or any other public servant, can you imagine shoving a principal in a school? It was in full view of several players. Players pulled Chacon and restrained him. There's absolutely no way. You can't defy authority. Even if he disagreed with what they wanted him to do, he should have had the courage to sit down and talk to him."
Ed Wade is an authority figure? Excuse me? Ed Wade, the man who got run out of Philadelphia on a rail? Ed Wade, the man who once got stuck in a tree while parachuting? Ed Wade, the skinny pencil-pushing dweeb who was the runner-up in the recent Worst GM Poll at Bucs Dugout? Please. He's just another employee in a poorly-run organization whose own manager has received zero confidence from his players. Yes, dumping Chacon was the right move, but don't compare Ed Wade to a policeman. That's disrespectful.
On a related note, don't you think the Phillies should pick up Chacon? They need starting pitchers, and the fans would absolutely love him for what he did to Wade. Just sayin'.