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Tracy McGrady Officially Announces His Retirement From The Game Of Baseball

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CBS Sports- As we’ve noted before, former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady tried his hand at pitching this season for the Sugar Land Skeeters (Independent league, not affiliated with MLB). And now he’s announced that he’s retiring. McGrady’s final outing came in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, in which he threw 1 1/3 innings. He struck out his final batter, the first punchout of his career (if we can even call it that). He kept the baseball. Via CBS Houston: “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.” In 6 2/3 regular season innings, McGrady gave up five runs on four hits with zero strikeouts. He walked 10, so he had a 6.75 ERA and 2.10 WHIP.

And the dream is officially dead for Tracy McGrady.  It seems like it was over before it started.  I’m not sure T-Mac’s dream of becoming a professional pitcher ever was alive but it’s sure as hell dead now as he announced his retirement earlier today.  He never made an MLB-affiliated team but he did pitch, in total, 6 2/3 innings, walked 10, gave up 5 runs on four hit with zero strikeouts for the Sugar Land Skeeters (a cooler name these ears have never heard).  So he was never going to become an ace pitcher.  Whatever.  It was a funny/weird story while it lasted.  Although not really because I forgot about it the moment after he said he was gonna try and play baseball.  If life were a sports movie, T-Mac would’ve shocked scouts with his high heat and crazy movement on pitches.  MLB teams would’ve been scrambling to sign him and he’d be a shut down closer who recorded the final out for his team in the World Series.  Too bad life isn’t a sports movie because that sounds awesome.  Hey, at least he went out on top.  In the Atlantic League All-Star Game he struck out his last batter.  That’s good enough for me.  Strike out the last batter you face and I call that a success.  Well done, Tracy.

Let’s leave Tracy at least a little bit of dignity.  He was awesome at throwing off the backboard dunks to himself in games.  Let’s have a look see.