1982: There was nothing the great Paul Owens enjoyed more in life than making The Big Trade. The bigger, the better. And it was the best of those deals - for Tug McGraw, for Garry Maddox, for Bake McBride, for Manny Trillo, for many more - that defined the Pope's inimitable legacy and transformed his team from punching bag to champions.
But not this year.
This was the year of two of the worst of those deals.
The year began and ended with two of Owens' least popular, most second-guessed trades ever. The first one, just three weeks before spring training, sent Larry Bowa and some throw-in named Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus. It may have been the Pope's new boss, incoming team president Bill Giles, who ordered Owens to trade Bowa after a contract flap turned messy. But no one ordered the Pope to trade Sandberg, who haunted the franchise right up until his Hall of Fame induction day.