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14 May 2014 Written by  Nicholas A. Norman

Former NBA All Star and Houston Rockets forward Tracy McGrady has difficult debut

 Although he took the loss in his professional debut as a baseball pitcher, former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady said Saturday it was “gratifying” to get on the mound Saturday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters. 

Tracy McGrady’s professional baseball debut was nowhere near as impressive as his two NBA scoring titles and seven All-Star Game appearances. McGrady, who played baseball until his senior year in high school after which he immediately began a 16-year NBA career, took the mound Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent-league team located in a Houston suburb.

McGrady allowed two hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old right-hander threw 35 pitches with 18 strikes and walked two in the 5-3 loss to the Somerset Patriots.

He allowed a single in the first inning before former major leaguer Edwin Maysonet hit a solo homer off of him with one out in the second. “All in all I did pretty well, and those guys [his teammates] seem to think I did as well,” McGrady told the Houston Chronicle. “I give myself a B-minus.

“I’m sure they’re [Somerset] not used to a 6-8 guy being on the mound pitching to them. I was just trying to relax myself, keep my composure. Because this is different territory.”

McGrady played baseball until his senior year in high school when he transferred to a school without a baseball program. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and won two scoring titles.

“If this is the only time I pitch, it’s a gratifying feeling,” McGrady told the newspaper. “I knew I was on a pitch count, I didn’t know what that number was. I knew I wasn’t going to go too long.”