Today's Chronicle has an article about the Giants' Andres Torres' battle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. Torres' saga is chronicled in a new documentary called Gigante.
From the Chronicle:
(Gigante) was conceived and financed by a Giants owner, William Chang, who had an intimate motivation. Though never diagnosed, the 54-year-old native of Japan is certain he had ADHD as a child....Torres is convinced that his stubborn refusal to take medication for five years after his 2002 diagnosis nearly cost him his career. An 0-for-30 start to his 10th minor-league season in 2007 helped changed his mind. So did a Detroit Tigers coach who had a child with ADHD and implored Torres to take the meds.
"I was desperate," Torres said. "At the moment I said, 'That's the only thing I have to try. Just get on the medication consistently to see if it works.' "
The rest, as they say, is history. Here's the Gigante trailer, on YouTube, bound to tug on your orange and black heart strings.
And here's a clip from a recent Giants Town Hall meeting on CSN Bay Area that includes the following exchange:
Mike Krukow to Torres: You waited a long time. You paid a lot of hard dues in your career. And at age 32, you got to climb the mountain and plant a flag. What did this season mean to you professionally?
Torres: (Choked-up and unable to answer)
Krukow: That's a pretty good answer. Best answer I've ever heard.