It has been fun to put these posts together over the last couple of years so I thought it would be great to do a "Greatest Hits" post. This is in case you have only recently found my blog or maybe you missed one of the Christmas posts along the way.
2010: Twas the Night Before Christmas
In my first year of blogging, I took the classic poem/story "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and I gave it a Minnesota Twins theme. The Nishioka signing had just taken place but fans were waiting for other moves to happen. Also the Metrodome roof had recently fallen in so that added to some of the poem.
Below you will see a taste of the poem and you can click here to read the rest of it.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Target Field
Not a worker was stirring, for every door had been sealed;
The stockings were hung by the dugout with care,
In hopes that a free agent soon would be there;
Every fan was nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of championships danced in their heads;
And Bill Smith in his 'kerchief, and Gardy in a cap,
Seem to be spending the offseason on a long winter's nap;
2011: A Twins Christmas Carol
Last year, I dove headfirst into the classic Dicken's tale "A Christmas Carol" but things had changed a lot since the previous year. Terry Ryan had returned as GM and he was being haunted by the ghost of Bill Smith. Three other ghosts were sent to Ryan's office that night and there was a lesson to be learned from all of this haunting.
Below you will see an excerpt from the story and you can click here to read the rest of it.
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!!!"
2012: The Twins Twelve Days of Christmas
On Friday, I turned to the classic Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and I tied the verses into the franchise and the team's history. There were some connections made in the song to things that are part of the team. In the future, I might have to create a YouTube video to correspond with this song.
Below you will see one of the verses from the song and you can click here to read the rest of it.
On the fifth day of Christmas, the Twins gave to me...
Five Schweigert Hot Dogs
Four Perkins strikeouts
Three Mauer doubles
Two Hammer homers
And the return of the Target Field Trees
Happy Holidays everyone! May it be filled with many blessings!