It was Christmas Eve and the sun had set long ago over the offices of Target Field. Terry Ryan sat behind his desk scouring over the latest list of free agents pitchers as he tried to find the final pieces to complete the Twins roster for the coming spring. He was burning the midnight oil and he had long forgotten about the holiday season. A lot of pressure follows the man in charge following one of the worst seasons in franchise history. There was no time to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
The hours continued to fly by and Ryan was no closer to solving the Twins problems. When out of no where, the lights began to flicker and a cool breeze swept through the office. After a rush of wind, a large figure stood in front of Mr. Ryan's desk. As the lights still flickered, Ryan finally made sense of the figure that was in his presence. It was the ghost of former GM Bill Smith. Smith had been chase from his job and he had some words of wisdom for Ryan.
"Beware the angry fan base of the Twins. They will never be satisfied until the team can find postseason success again. The players won't fight through injuries. The starting staff is full of holes and the future does not look in the team's favor. They will chase you out just like they chased me. BEWARE!!!"
Ryan still seemed to be confused about a message being delivered by the man who use to hold his job. He was not sure if he should even believe the words that were being stated. The ghost of Smith knew these thoughts were crossing the mind of Ryan. Smith's final message as he flew out the window was that Ryan would be joined by three other ghosts on this evening. Each one would have a different lesson to teach him about the Twins franchise.
Shortly after Smith flew away, a short and stout ghost flew into the offices of Target Field wearing a number thirty-four jersey on his back. It was the ghost of Kirby Puckett to tell the tale of the glory of former years. He was the Ghost of Past Seasons and their first destination was October 1987. Puckett told the story of how the team was able to overcome all obstacles to win the first championship in team history. All of Twins Territory basked in the glow of the magic of putting the Twins on the championship map.
Their journey did not stop there. They were quickly whisked away to a packed Metrodome for a pre-game speech before Game 6 in 1991. Puckett told the team to get on his back and he would carry them. Those words would come true as Puckett stole the show with an amazing catch and a miraculous walk-off home run. The next stop was Game 7 and the magic of Jack Morris on the mound. By the end of that game, Ryan had seen enough and the Ghost of Past Seasons took him back to his office.
Ryan had to look away when Mauer showed him the Matt Capps for Wilson Ramos swap in July of 2010. He brought him back to around the 2010 Winter Meetings when the Twins brought in shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka and traded away the rights to JJ Hardy. Many of the players traded away found success with other teams and the players on the Twins suffered through injuries and a 99-loss season. It was a nightmare for Ryan to watch all of it unfold in front of him and he closed his eyes to avoid watching any more.