Videos: Emotional Andres Torres of Giants on His Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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.

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  • Anita

    Señor Torres
    I have a 16 year old son with ADHD. He was diagnosed In 2008 and has not accepted his condition. Señor Torres I feel so helpless right now. I’ve tried very hard to provide him with encouragement and confidence. He goes to a very good school in San Francisco, Sacred Heart Carhedral. He’s very athletic and loves baseball and unfortunately he did not meet grades to play this season. His ADHD prohibits him from playing. I’ve tried so hard to motivate him but nothing works. I’m hoping your story will help.

    • Selene Rose

      let him play baseball…his only self-esteem tool….get him a tutor for his grades and talk with the school about letting him play. if not, get him involved in a separate baseball league outside of the school if one exists. best of luck to you and your son!

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