Tracy McGrady Is Attempting to Become a Sugar Land Skeeter
Well, sadly, after Tuesday's Comcast Sports Net court proceedings in Houston, roughly 60 percent of the greater Houston area is still unable to watch our local NBA basketball team and our local Major League Baseball team on television.
Photo by Jeff Balke He's baaaaack!
As someone in that non-Comcast sector of Houston fans, it's making for a very long winter, and I'm sure (despite a likely fourth straight 100-loss season for the Astros) it will make for a long summer as well. Just very, very frustrating.
But while you likely can't watch NBA basketball nor Major League Baseball, for the price of a ticket to a minor league baseball game, you can see a former NBA basketball player playing professional baseball right here in the Houston area.
As rumored over the weekend, and eventually confirmed today on Twitter by FOX 26's Mark Berman, former Houston Rocket great Tracy McGrady has been working out with the Sugar Land Skeeters and is working toward giving it a go as a minor league pitcher.
Both sides issued statements today confirming the possible marriage. First, from McGrady's Facebook page:
"As some of you may have heard, I have been practicing with The Sugar Land Skeeters, and working out at Constellation Field," McGrady's statement read. "It has been a longtime childhood dream to play baseball and for the past few months I have worked on my pitching with the team. Don't yet know where this will go but I do know I am having a great time and throwing pretty well. Love the game of baseball and always wanted to give it a try. Feels like I am a kid again, playing a sport for the pure love of the game. @SL_Skeeters @AtlanticLg"
And now the statement from the Skeeters:
"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."
(SIDEBAR: I will buy a steak dinner for the first couple that I see get married via both parties issuing a statement, as opposed to having an actual wedding ceremony. Issuing a statement is far less expensive, and much less hassle.)