Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady made his baseball debut on Wednesday with the Sugarland Skeeters. The Skeeters are a Texas team, part of the independent Atlantic League.
As the Skeeters took on the Alvin Community College baseball team in a scrimmage, McGrady was their starting pitcher. He pitched just one inning and threw only 15 pitches, nine of which were for strikes. McGrady, 34, gave up one run on three hits . It was the only run Alvin scored while the Skeeter scored 10 runs to win the game.
McGrady has not necessarily made the team yet. They are still in the process of cutting down their roster from 34 players to 27 meaning McGrady still has to make the team. Ealier this month, Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti told the Associated Press,
“We’re intrigued by the progress Tracy has made thus far.”
McGrady, although obviously a very talented basketball player, loves the game of baseball. In February McGrady wrote on Facebook,
“It has been a longtime childhood dream to play baseball and for the past few months I have worked on my pitching with the team. Don’t yet know where this will go but I do know I am having a great time and throwing pretty well. Love the game of baseball and always wanted to give it a try. Feels like I am a kid again, playing a sport for the pure love of the game. “
During the off season, McGrady was working with former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens. His fastball was reported to reach up to 90 mph. Whether or not he can make the Skeeters regular season team remains to be seen but at least he is having fun in the process, playing another game he loves.