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Awkward? Kevin Love to play celebrity softball at 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field

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In a few weeks, the 2014 MLB All-Star Game and all the associated festivities and events will descend upon the Twin Cities and Target Field. Given that Kevin Love in all likelihood won’t be a member of the hometown Minnesota Timberwolves before the “Midsummer Classic” arrives in Minneapolis, the news that the NBA All-Star power forward is scheduled to take part in the celebrity softball game gives rise to a possible scenario that only can be described as profoundly awkward.

Major League Baseball has announced that K-Love, along with fellow hometown stars Adrian Peterson, Zach Parise and Maya Moore, will be a participant in the aforementioned celebrity softball game, to be held Sunday, July 13, at Target Field.

Joining the local sports stars at the game include such luminaries from the world of baseball former big leaguers John Smoltz, Mike Piazza, Rickie Henderson and Ozzie Smith, among others, including Jennie Finch, the women’s Olympic softball superstar.

Stars of stage and screen and song fill out the rosters, with names such as Nelly, actor James Denton, Fat Joe and Rob Riggle, a veritable murderer’s row of A-List talent, right?

But the big story revolving around the announcement of projected participants is Love’s inclusion. Imagine if he has been traded by the T’Wolves in the days or weeks ahead. It’s hard to imagine the once-loved-but-likely-hated — if he is in fact traded — being greeted by anything but a round of lusty boos, jeers and catcalls.

Then again, most of the tickets available for this kind of event — although not as much as the actual All-Star Game — are given away to sponsors, bigwigs and those involved somehow with other associated corporate interests, but if any Minnesotans are in the stands, it could get ugly, at the very least supremely awkward. As you may or may not know, Minnesotans — like yours truly — are renowned for their penchant for passive-aggressiveness.

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