Thank you, Andres Torres

Let me preface this by saying that if you have not yet read Grant’s love letter to Andres Torres over at McCovey Chronicles, go ahead and do so. And while you’re at it, watch these Torres videos.

Anyway, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay my own tribute to Torres, as he’s a personal favorite of mine. So here goes…

Torres, at his best, could do just about everything. He could hit the ball with astounding authority; he could cover exceptional range in the outfield; he could put up patient, quality at-bats; and he was a force on the basepaths. He was not only capable of impacting the game in many different ways, but he was great at it.

In 2010, he was one of the best players in the National League. Out of nowhere. He had overcome a hell of a lot to get to where he was (surely you’ve heard his story by now), and somehow managed to realize his potential. He was, in essence, the manifestation of that beautiful aspect of unpredictability in baseball.

Without Torres, the Giants don’t win the World Series in 2010. They don’t make the playoffs, either. And they don’t even come close. In addition, without Torres, we’re all subjected to much more of Aaron Rowand’s insufferable bat-wagging than we can take.

Incredible story, incredible perseverance, and incredible talent. He was Ryan Vogelsong before Ryan Vogelsong, but times 100. He’ll always have a special place in my heart, and in the history of this great franchise.

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5 thoughts on “Thank you, Andres Torres

  1. “He could hit the ball with astounding authority.” Bam! You sure hit the nail on the head with that statement! I’m not sure I’ve ever enjoyed watching a player as much as Andres Torres in 2010. Other people can call it a fluke, and in some ways, maybe it was, but there was nothing fluky about the punishment he put on the ball with that enormous bat. I don’t care if he never comes close to that again, that was real and it was a heckuva lot of fun to watch.

  2. He’s still my second favourite player. At least he didn’t go to a hated team and at least we got a comparable player in return for him.

    -Now the sappy stuff-

    Before Huff really took off, prior to Buster’s call-up, and the permanent replacement of Wellemeyer by MadBum, there was Andres. For a stretch, it seemed like we were watching the greatest player in baseball. He satisfied everything that we needed: he hit leadoff, gave us some needed power, provided very necessary speed, and played the best CF that this side of the bay hasn’t seen since the days of Mays. Watching this gazelle play in the orange and black was a pleasant experience to say the least. And yet despite the comparisons to majestic animals, he was the most human of all the baseball players that I have ever seen. Not to dwell on the negatives, but it is so rare that we see a player that satisfies everything that you could ever wish for in a player – let alone a person – and who yet, despite everything, is still relatively not talked about enough. I hope that one day soon the baseball world looks at Andres – and I mean REALLY look at him – and sees even just a fraction of what I see. I see a man that exemplifies this sport as much as anyone and one who gives the best argument as to why this is the American pastime.

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