It wasn't long ago that Knicks 101 reported that former New York Knicks' Tracy McGrady announced his decision to attempt a second professional sports career. McGrady, who reportedly was able to throw in the 90's, was trying to make his way into Major League Baseball as a starting pitcher. Now McGrady's decided to hang up his cleats and retire as a baseball player.
Tracy McGrady once averaged 19.6 points per game in 15 seasons in the NBA. Although his stint with the New York Knicks was short he brought a lot of excitement back to the Madison Square Garden. After failing to win an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs he decided to walk away from basketball.
At that time, most believed he'd enjoy his millions and either never be heard from again or take his talents to television as many former athletes have. Instead, he started working out with a pitching coach.
McGrady made it his goal to get into baseball shape and attempt a career as a pitcher. Ultimately, he wanted to end up in Major League Baseball in a rotation.
Unfortunately for McGrady, he wasn't that good. However, that didn't stop him from making the All-Star Game for the independent Atlantic League in Texas. Not that he earned it, but clearly his popularity has paid off.
Brett Dolan of CBS Houston reports McGrady is retiring from his baseball career.
T-Mac struck out the last batter he faced, Atlantic League All Star Bryan Pounds, before walking off the mound to the applause of his teammates. The strikeout was the first and only “K” of McGrady’s baseball career and he kept the baseball for his mantle.
“That is definitely going in the trophy case,” he said from the dugout following his outing. “I told some of the guys that I am going to get a strikeout before I stop playing. I got it in the second inning. Thank you Jesus.”
“It has been a tremendous ride,” McGrady said. “It is my last game today. I informed the team this would be my last outing and I appreciate them giving me this opportunity to start the game and enjoy this great mid-summers classic.
“I got a little emotional coming off the mound. It feels good to be celebrated again.”
That didn't stop him from always wanting to return to the baseball diamond. This year he did just that, becoming a pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters. However, his baseball career won't last nearly as long as his basketball one did.
The fact is, like many athletes before him, McGrady simply wasn't ready to give up the competition or applause from fans. Hopefully it satisfied him.
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