Former Houston Rockets SG/SF Tracy McGrady has retired from his second sport, baseball, after pitching in last night’s Atlantic League All-Star Game.
McGrady started last night’s All-Star Game and pitched 1.1 innings, striking out the last batter he will ever face.
McGrady spoke to Bill Dolan (CBS Houston) and told him he will always remember that strikeout.
“That is definitely going in the trophy case. 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.”
McGrady appreciates everyone’s efforts in allowing him to pursue his dream of baseball.
“It has been a tremendous ride. 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. This has been an awesome year. Not having my basketball career end the way I wanted but having the opportunity to be friends with some of the guys and get to know them and compete with them learn from them every day, it’s been an honor.”
The former NBA All-Star participated in the HR Derby as well, and his team won the challenge. He and Will Dolan combined for six home runs to take home the victory. McGrady himself, though, didn’t hit a single home run.
McGrady finishes his regular season baseball career with a 6.75 ERA in 6.2 innings, allowing 4 hits, 5 ER, 10 walks, and 1 home run, while striking out none.
There’s still time for the 35-year old to pick up a tennis racket, a hockey stick, or the pigskin and see what he can do.
Who knows, the Houston Texans may need a receiver soon!
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