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Garnett: Shaq hit a home run over the Green Monster at Fenway

Sep 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT


Dan Patrick got Kevin Garnett to open up about negotiations with the Celtics (or lack thereof) and about almost going to the Lakers in 2007. But there was one more little tidbit we left out.

Garnett talked about playing with Shaquille O’Neal, which KG said made last season one of the most fun he has had in the NBA in a long time. And that led to an interesting note from KG about Shaq, as quoted at

Garnett told Patrick that the host had a better chance of hitting a ball over the Green Monster than scoring a basket in an NBA game. That led to an exchange in which Garnett recalled a softball game that the Celtics played at Fenway Park. Garnett said he hit one ball off of the Green Monster. He said Rajon Rondo hit two off the Wall and Shaquille O’Neal, of course, knocked one over the Monster.

Honestly, the fact that Shaq knocked one over the Green Monster does not shock me — he got heavy and injured late in his career but the man was freakishly athletic for his size. Remember how quick his spin moves were back in Orlando?

But Rondo hit the Green Monster twice? Now that does shock me.

  1. craigw24 - Sep 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    I know we are a bit jaded because we think NBA guards are small, but a 6’1″, 180lb baseball player is not a small hitter.

  2. wvan10 - Sep 2, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Also, remember this is slow pitch soft ball. Its not like we’ll be seeing anyong in the NBA going yard in Fenway or any other park hitting off a legit hard ball throwing pitcher.

  3. johnheisman - Sep 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    They were not using the bases or home plate for the softball game so it was not as far to the left field wall.

    Rondo was a star QB and a baseball player before he took up basketball full-time. The other Celtic players said Rondo was incredible and made some unbelievable plays in the field. Rondo was at a Patriots practice this summer showing off his QB skills and the patriots backup QB, Brian Hoyer was very impressed.

    BTW, former Toronto Blue Jay Danny Ainge also played.

  4. rickperez473 - Sep 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    The only Shaq vs I ever saw was the one with Albert Pujols. They got into a home run derby where Shaq only had to make it to a little league fence. He made it to THAT fence a few times but NEVER even came close to a real home run. Sounds like crap to me.

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