The recently released documentary Gigante has a small budget and a “Giant” heart. The film, made with just $120,000, centers on former MDC standout Andrés Torres, his life-long battle with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and his ultimate triumph with the San Francisco Giants – helping them win the 2010 World Series. MDC baseball coach Danny Price said he is thrilled Torres has gone public with his ADD condition. “It means a lot to me because my son has ADD,” Price said. “Andrés’ story really hits home.” Price’s son, Danny Marc, was also diagnosed with ADD, but because he was able to obtain treatment, he went on to graduate from MDC in 2016. Torres was diagnosed in 2003, but embarrassed by the stigma, he ignored his condition and refused to seek treatment. Because of his denial, Torres struggled in the minors until 2009, when he finally embraced his condition and put his mind to therapy and treatment. “We are the way we are,” Torres said in an excerpt from the documentary. “We’ve got people who love us, and we feel love. I’m very happy with who I am. I don’t feel bad about having ADD.” Price said lots of kids get “pushed along” in school and aren’t regularly tested for ADD, and Torres obviously agrees. “You know how many kids out there have the condition?” Torres asked in the clip. “If they know, and if they take the medication, it’s going to help them. Even with medication, it’s hard. Can you imagine how hard it is without medication?” – WV
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