On Wednesday night, Alvin Community College got the first glimpse of Tracy McGrady, the baseball player.
In his lone inning, McGrady gave up three hits on one run, according to The Sporting News. Of his 15 pitches, nine were for strikes.
Whether or not you like the idea of McGrady getting this opportunity to participate, he's followed through on everything up to this point. Some people may say that he is using his celebrity to take a roster spot away from another worthy player, and they might be right. But this is independent baseball and the Sugar Land Skeeters have a knack of bringing the best out of their players, and bringing in huge crowds.
There wasn't a legitimate reason Scott Kazmir was on the roster in 2012, unless you count the fact that Sugar Land is located near his hometown of Houston. That move, probably done in large part to draw fans to the game, was the beginning of his return to a major league contract.
McGrady, in all estimations, is a long shot to make the Skeeters' roster. The odds on him advancing beyond independent baseball is astronomical. If McGrady, a seven-time NBA All-Star, makes the team, you better believe the fans will flock to the games.
The Atlantic League must cut their rosters from 34 to 27 by April 24. McGrady might get two more shots to make the grade between now and then.
I really want to see what he can do against professional hitters. And why not? He has a dream and wants to play baseball. Some other basketball player did this before, and it didn't work out to bad!