Former NBA star Tracy McGrady is trying his hand at professional baseball, and made his debut on Saturday, pitching for the indepedent-league Sugar Land Skeeters.
Apparently his opponent, the Somerset Patriots, didn’t care about McGrady’s star-power, as they shelled T-Mac for two hits and two runs (including a home run) in just one and two thirds innings of work. [Source: CBS Sports]
When will these basketball players ever learn?
McGrady threw 35 pitches — 18 strikes and 17 balls (not a good ratio) — and walked two batters in addition to the hits given up. His ERA now stands at a ballooned 10.80 to begin his career.
This was McGrady’s first real game action since high school, so there’s still a bit of…umm…rust to work off.
It’s probably too soon to consider the McGrady experiment a failure, but this was a rather inauspicious beginning to his professional baseball journey. Playing in the independent leagues gives McGrady a long hard road to even make it to the minors, and at 34 years old, time isn’t on his side at all.