Torres talks about having ADHD

San Francisco center-fielder Andres Torres talks about controlling his ADHD and the stellar season that followed.
March 22, 2011 9:12:59 PM PDT
He labored in the minors for 12 years, finally got a chance with the Giants, and the result was a World Series ring. It has been a long, challenging road for Giants center-fielder Andres Torres he is not taking success for granted.

Torres refused to give up on his career and it paid off last season.

"I was going to be out of the game, but all the hard work paid off, I come here and win a World Series. I've been blessed," said Torres.

He became a key addition for the G-men as their leadoff hitter, replacing Aaron Rowand in centerfield. Andres came to camp this year as a starter with a new contract, but his approach will be the same as it's been for the last 12 years.

"For me, I'm taking it like I need to prove I can make the team because for so many years, I have been working and battling a lot of things, so I cannot take anything for granted," said Torres.

His biggest battle throughout his career was the fact he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He couldn't stay focused, changing his routine at the plate daily. He was diagnosed in 2002 and a Minor League coach recommended he take medication in 2007. It changed his life and made him an everyday player.

"I keep working hard on the field, plus I took medication to get consistent. That helped me lot get more focused, because it's not easy. It's not about being hyper, it's hard to focus, concentrate, going out there with so many things on your mind," said Torres.

Andres is trying to be a role model for people with ADHD by shedding light on his condition in a documentary.

"It's coming in July, inspiring kids and people with this condition because it's hard. It's hard for families," said Torres.


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