Recently, a good friend of the site learned that the newspaper he had been writing for was being bought out, and he would soon be out of a job. Fortunately for him, and everyone involved, he kept his cool better than, say, Shawn Chacon. That is to say: he did not try to choke his general manager.
"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."
"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 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.
Somewhere, Latrell Sprewell nods approvingly.
Chacon, who now faces the possibility of never pitching in the majors again, said afterward, "Maybe it shouldn't have happened. But when you do those things and you're yelling at somebody and you're cussing you better know what type of person you're dealing with."
Shawn Chacon should just consider himself lucky that Ed Wade does not subscribe to the Jerry Manuel School of Conflict Resolution.