Over the weekend came the news Cubs fans had been waiting to hear: Sammy Sosa has been traded. He'll go to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for second baseman Jerry Hairston, Jr.
Actually, what the Cubs get in return is not as important as the fact that Sosa is gone. Although he had been an potent offensive force with his home run hitting throughout his stay in Chicago, his declining production along with his other antics were starting to wear thin on the Northsiders. His first inning walkout during last season's finale was the final straw.
As a Cubs fan, I'm glad to see he's gone. I wish him well in Baltimore. Although he had been an integral part of the Cubs success over the last few years it is clear that it was time for him to go. I don't know that I have ever seen a team so anxious to get rid of a player as the Cubs have been this winter. I believe they'll be a much better team without him.
The Cub Reporter has more thoughts from other pundits on the trade.