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The Minnesota pipeline

6/1/2014

Kevin Love made social media waves with a well-publicized weekend in and around Boston, capped off by a visit to Fenway Park for Sunday afternoon’s Rays-Red Sox game. Love met with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in Fenway’s EMC Club, and his presence was addressed by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz on Twitter:

Should a trade occur in the coming weeks/months, Love would not be the first athlete to make a name in Minnesota before finding success in the Bay State. Here's a list of former Minnesota stars to find success in Boston:

David Ortiz

From 1997-2002, David Ortiz hit 58 home runs in 1,477 at-bats with the Twins. Ortiz signed a $1.25 million deal with the Red Sox before the 2003 season, and currently ranks third on Boston’s all-time home run list. Ortiz has 385 home runs and counting in Boston, winning 3 World Series rings and a World Series MVP during a 12-year career with the Red Sox.

Kevin Garnett

The Timberwolves selected Kevin Garnett with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. Garnett appeared in 923 games over a 12-year career with the Timberwolves, scoring 19,041 points and grabbing 10,542 rebounds. Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics for Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes and 2 1st-round picks in July 2007, winning his first NBA title with the 2007-08 Celtics.

Randy Moss

The 21st overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, Randy Moss caught 574 passes for 9,142 yards and 90 touchdowns in a 7-year career with the Vikings. Moss spent 2 years in Oakland before a draft-day trade in 2007 brought Moss to New England. Moss set an NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions in his first year with Patriots, while Tom Brady set a then-record with 50 touchdown passes before a Super Bowl loss to the Giants.

Phil Kessel

Phil Kessel was a Golden Gopher for one year in 2005-06, winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year Award and leading Minnesota to a WCHA Championship. Kessel was selected 5th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and scored 66 goals and 126 points over 3 seasons with the Bruins. Kessel was traded in 2009 to Toronto in a deal that netted Boston forward Tyler Seguin and defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale scored 1,704 points with the Golden Gophers, averaging 15.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game over a 4-year Minnesota career. McHale was selected with the 3rd-overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft and won 3 NBA titles with the Celtics. McHale was a 7-time All-Star during his 13-year career, and was named as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996 and inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.