AP/Pat Sullivan

AP/Pat Sullivan

Tracy McGrady has been doing what people said he couldn’t since he came into the NBA straight out of high school. After a stellar career, McGrady retired last year from professional basketball.

Not one to want to sit down for too long. McGrady decided to try his hand at his one-time love, baseball. McGrady tried out for the Sugarland Skeeters as a pitcher.

Of course most people viewed the move ridiculous, McGrady took the challenge serious. Today, he was rewarded for his hardwork over the spring.

It was announced yesterday that McGrady will make the opening day roster for the Skeeters.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this club,” McGrady said in a statement released by the team, which plays in the independent Atlantic League. “To be a part of the team means everything to me and it’s a dream come true. I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game, but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys. I am excited to start the journey we’re going to take this season.”

McGrady signed Wednesday after officially reporting to spring camp last week.

A seven-time NBA All-Star, McGrady has been training to become a pitcher with the team. The 6-foot-8 right-hander played baseball from age 5 until his senior year in high school, when he transferred to a school without a baseball program.

Source: ESPN