By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back we checked in on retired NBA swingman Tracy McGrady, who was toying with the notion of returning to action, though not as a basketball player but as a baseball pitcher.
Now, after going through spring training, it appears that McGrady has made the opening day roster of the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent minor league baseball team in Texas.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this club for the 2014 season,” said McGrady. “To be a part of the team means everything to me and it’s a dream come true. I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys. I am excited to start the journey we’re going to take this season.”
The 6-foot-8, right-handed pitcher officially reported to Spring camp last week and made his first scrimmage game appearance with the Skeeters against Alvin Community College on April 16. Through 1.0 inning of work, McGrady allowed one run on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts.
“We are excited about our team this season and having Tracy McGrady as a part of it,” said Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti. “We’re also excited to see what unique opportunities this could present for us in putting a good product on the field and we look forward to Tracy helping us win some ball games.”
I just wonder how long it will be before I can get a Skeeters/McGrady jersey?