When Tracy McGrady first started talking about trying to become a professional baseball player earlier this year, only two words came to our minds: No way. We heard all about how T-Mac used to be a pretty decent pitcher back in his younger days. But guys can't just switch sports on a whim and expect to make an actual roster, right? Er, right?
Apparently, we were wrong. Because earlier this afternoon, the Sugar Land Skeeters announced that they have decided to keep McGrady on their roster this season. It doesn't sound like he's going to be pitching on opening day or anything. But Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti thinks he's shown enough progress in recent weeks to warrant a spot on the team.
"Tracy is on the team," Gaetti said. "He's just done what needed to be done since the idea came out. He showed enough progress. He showed enough ability and we're going to see where this goes."
McGrady hasn't wowed anyone on the mound just yet. Last week, he gave up three hits and one run in just one inning during his first exhibition game with the Skeeters. But who knows? He's made it this far. So maybe by the end of the summer, he'll be a force to be reckoned with. Stay tuned.