During ESPN's Friday night telecast, color analyst Jeff Van Gundy dropped news of his former superstar Tracy McGrady moving onto a baseball career with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters.
McGrady recently retired from the NBA this past summer and is looking to move on to his new career as a pitcher. The Skeeters are best known for featuring Roger Clemens who made a short-lived comeback in 2012. On Tuesday, the team released a statement confirming the news:
“Tracy McGrady is one of the most elite athletes of this era and we appreciate his interest in pursuing a life-long dream with the Sugar Land Skeeters and the Atlantic League. While the Atlantic League is considered the highest level of baseball outside of Major League Baseball, McGrady has demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training program at Constellation Field. We look forward to monitoring his progress.”
Added to the surprising announcement is the fact that Clemens is helping McGrady get prepared for his new experience:
Roger Clemens has been helping Tracy McGradyN his efforts2play pro baseball: "He's not anywhere close2 pitch 4the Sugar Land Skeeters(more)— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) February 4, 2014
More Roger Clemens from Sunday on TracyMcGrady:"The bullpen I watched him throw he was throwing 83maybe 85MPH.He's still trying 2locate it"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) February 4, 2014
There is one thing T-Mac has to prepare for. He better make sure his MLB jersey tailoring is on point once he touches the mound.
[via For The Win]