Maybe ex-NBA star Tracy McGrady should have made teaching his next career choice instead of baseball. If McGrady’s self-assessment after his professional pitching debut is any indication, he’d have been the kind of generous grader kids love.
Here is McGrady’s stat line from his debut with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball: 1 2/3 innings pitched, 35 pitches, 18 strikes, two walks, and two runs allowed. McGrady took the loss on the night.
Despite that very underwhelming box score, McGrady gave his performance a B- grade.
"All in all I did pretty well, and those guys [his teammates] seem to think I did as well," he said. "I'm sure they're 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 says that even if he doesn’t pitch again, he’ll consider his debut a “gratifying” experience.
"If this is the only time I pitch, it's a gratifying feeling," McGrady said. "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."
Tracy: if pitching doesn’t work out for you, please consider applying for a teaching job at your local middle school. There’s a bunch of kids there just dying for you to grade their papers.