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Sports fans have watched with curiosity as former NBA star Tracy McGrady played baseball for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters team in the Atlantic League. After three months, though, McGrady has decided to retire from baseball, on the same night he got his first professional strikeout.
T-Mac pitched just 1.1 innings in the league’s All Star game Wednesday night and struck out the last batter he faced. It was the only K he earned in his stint with the team, which came as a huge relief for him.
“That is definitely going in the trophy case,” McGrady told CBS Houston. “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.”
He called playing the game a “tremendous ride.” During his tenure, he pitched 6.4 innings, giving up five runs and four hits. He also gave up a run on Wednesday.
“I got a little emotional coming off the mound. It feels good to be celebrated again,” he told CBS Houston.
McGrady also posted a statement on Facebook, thanking the Skeeters for the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream.
“I have always been and will always be a fan of baseball and being able to play it at this level was a dream come true. Now onto other opportunities,” he wrote. “Thank you all for the love support you continually send my way.”
McGrady played in the NBA from 1997 through 2012. He played in the All-Star Game every year from 2001 to 2007.