Hey, everyone! The latest episode of Forever Giants just came out (well, it’s been up for a week, but never mind that), and this time, it stars a familiar face: the one and only Andres Torres!
Torres took time out of his busy schedule chucking cinder blocks...
...to ham it up with Renel Brooks-Moon over a bottle of wine.
Up until this point, the San Francisco Giants™ Forever Giants™ series has focused on players (and one manager) from the pre-TGWTWS days, so bringing in a member of one of those World Series teams is both a welcome development and an existential nightmare. Welcome, because it means we can plumb the good times of not-so-long-ago again; a nightmare, because it means those World Series titles are quickly becoming ancient history and oh my god we’re doomed we’re all going to die our lives mean noth—
The highlight of this episode, of course, is Torres’ outfit.
That’s a shot of him pantomiming Edgar Renteria’s series-winning home run in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series. It’s as delightful as it looks.
Unfortunately, that’s about the extent of what this episode has to offer.
I did learn one thing, though: Growing up as a child in Puerto Rico (where he kept busy climbing trees, “running in rivers,” and “chasing chickens”), Torres had no interest in playing baseball. Instead, he wanted to be a track-and-field star. It wasn’t until some guy (a scout? a random baseball fan?) watched him shagging fly balls at a baseball field and said he should play baseball.
Who was this mystery man? Why was Torres at a baseball field if he had no interest in baseball? A lot of these kind of details go unexplained and unexplored. We learn that Carlos Beltran helped him with his mechanics when Torres got called up to the Detroit Tigers system, but we don’t hear what it was like being mentored by a future Hall of Famer. We hear a little bit about his ADHD diagnosis, but neither Torres or Renel really dig into how it almost cost him his baseball career. They briefly talk about his wife, Soannie, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2016, but they quickly change the subject to his work as a broadcaster.
Of course, Torres is not required to talk about subjects he’d rather avoid (he does tear up when Soannie gets mentioned). More pertinently, sports journalism is hard, because let’s face it, most athletes are pretty boring.
Still, one of the biggest failings of this web series is that as delightful as Renel might be, she’s not a natural interviewer.
But darn it if I didn’t have a smile plastered on my face the entire time. Forget the fact that I had a hard time following what the heck Torres was talking about. (Actual quote: “Things happen in our life and make us stronger, those spirits we carry, and then we have kids and family to share it, laugh and enjoy it and a little bit of everything, right?”) The dude is just so passionate in general, everything he says comes out sounding like a motivational speech.
As a fellow Puerto Rican, I get it—that Latin blood is always pumping, especially for someone as ripped as Torres. You can’t contain the passion.
I mean, just look at this picture:
Side note: I don’t know who that guy is on the left, but he has the look of a traitor about him.
If you’ve got 22 minutes and nothing better to do, give it a watch. You might not learn anything new, but at least you’ll have fun.