Tracy McGrady chased his dream — playing baseball.
The seven-time All-Star, high-flying dunker of NBA scoring lore gave up baseball to play hoops back in high school but always wanted to return to the sport he loved. This year he did, becoming a pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League in Texas. And he made it all the way to the All-Star Game in that league. Not legitimately, but he made it.
Then walked away from baseball. The legendary Aaron Gleeman of our sister site NBC’s Hardball Talk has the details.
(McGrady) started the league’s All-Star game, participated in the Home Run Derby … and then announced his retirement.
His starting the All-Star game was purely a stunt, because in four regular season appearances McGrady posted a 6.75 ERA and walked 10 batters in 6.2 innings without recording a single strikeout. Last night he tossed 1.1 innings and actually struck out the final batter he faced, which is a helluva coincidence I guess. He also hit zero homers in the Home Run Derby, so hopefully the fans in attendance really liked, I dunno, staring at McGrady in a baseball jersey or something.
Well, at least he gave it a shot.
Now we’ll see if he also has a passion for bowling.