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ALUMNI BASEBALL GIANT’S INSPIRING STORY Began at MDC World Series hero and former Miami Dade College star Andrés Torres always thought he would be big at something. Now the center fielder is a Giant in baseball, and his life is being made into a bilingual film called Gigante . The documentary, which is set for a July release, is being produced and directed by Anthony “Chusy” Haney-Jardine of Plan A Films, a small pro-duction company that specializes in movies that “inspire.” Torres’ story is certainly inspiring. The 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pounder over-came Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and endured 12 years in the minor leagues before becoming a standout in a sport he wasn’t even pas-sionate about as a youth. Big Dreams Torres, 33, grew up poor in Aguada, Puerto Rico, where he worked as a farmhand and dreamed of Olympic track glory – even though he spent many of his formative years without shoes. Torres, a sprinter, also played baseball at Puerto Rico’s Dr. González High School. And it was in baseball, at a 1996 tryout camp, where he was dis-covered. The tryout led to a scholarship at MDC, where he credits Coach Steve Hertz for “teaching me the game.” Hertz taught Torres how to hit from the left side, making him a switch-hitter and ensuring his speed would be even more of a weapon. “It’s rare when a kid starts hitting from the other side of the plate at 18 years old and has success,” Hertz said, “but he did it.” Andrés Torres Patient Persistence Fast forward to 2010, when Torres helped the San Francisco Giants win their first World Series title since 1954. The Giants’ drought parallels the career of Torres, who has waited a long time to establish himself as a big-leaguer and provide for his family – wife Soannie and son Diego Andrés, 6. Looking back at how his rise to the top all started, Torres said, “I am Grammy Winner DISCOVERED JOY OF WORKING HARD AT MDC “I had never produced any reggae music be-fore,” Moncada said. “I had mostly done a lot of rock and even some metal songs.” But Moncada did have a couple of reggae songs he had made for himself. “I went out on a limb and showed him my rock music,” Moncada said. “He said ‘I like dat mon’.” So Moncada incorporated his own unique contemporary sounds into the album. You can hear Monca-da’s influence in the songs “In the Air” and “No Smoking at All,” which have a heavy rock influence. “The texture of the album is great,” Moncada said. “It’s very special.” Delighted with the Grammy award, but not ready to rest on his laurels, Moncada is already thinking about his next project in the world of reggae music. It’s a lesson he said he learned at MDC: to work hard for the joy of the job, not the thought of potential fame. “You do it because you love it and you never think about an award,” Photo by Juan Manuel García Lloreda thankful for my teachers, coaches, teammates and everyone else who helped me at Miami Dade College.” Torres has spent much of the offseason being filmed for the documen-tary, with Haney-Jardine’s crew following him to San Francisco, Miami and Puerto Rico. When Haney-Jardine pitched the project to Torres, he wrote him the following: “Your story is my story. It’s the story of many people. It’s the story of be-lief, hope, discipline and sacrifice.” Sounds like it will eventually be a Giant hit, just like Torres. – WV As if living your dream wasn’t enough, Miami Dade College Music Production graduate Oscar Moncada can now add a Grammy win to his list of achievements. In 2010, Moncada produced two songs on the reggae album Before the Dawn , which earned him a Best Producer award in the 2011 Gram-my Awards. Moncada said. “But if The Academy says they love it too, I say ‘There’s more where that came from’.” – PUR MIAMI DADE COLLEGE f orum April 2011 • Volume 15 • Number 2 Published by Miami Dade College, Offi ce of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send e-mails to editor@mdc.edu. Communications Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan C. Mendieta Marketing and Publications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brenda Krebs Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Dubin, Hector Pino Graphic Designers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Carmen Bosch, Grizelle Paz-Harrison, Shari Robbins, Arturo Valdes Contributors . . . . . . . . . Natalia Maldonado, Pilar Ulibarri de Rivera, Walter Villa Staff Photographers . . . . . . Alyssa Alvarez, Carlos Llano, Phil Roche Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit www.mdc.edu. MDC alumnus Oscar Moncada received a Grammy this year. 2 forum

Baseball Giant’s Success Began at MDC

World Series hero and former Miami Dade College star Andrés Torres always thought he would be big at something. Now, the center fielder is a Giant in baseball, and his life is being made into a bilingual film called Gigante.<br /> <br /> The documentary, which is set for a July release, is being produced and directed by Anthony “Chusy” Haney-Jardine of Plan A Films, a small production company that specializes in movies that “inspire.”<br /> <br /> Torres’ story is certainly inspiring. The 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pounder overcame Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and endured 12 years in the minor leagues before becoming a standout in a sport he wasn’t even passionate about as a youth.<br /> <br /> Big Dreams<br /> Torres, 33, grew up poor in Aguada, Puerto Rico, where he worked as a farmhand and dreamed of Olympic track glory – even though he spent many of his formative years without shoes.<br /> <br /> Torres, a sprinter, also played baseball at Puerto Rico’s Dr. González High School. And it was in baseball, at a 1996 tryout camp, where he was discovered.<br /> <br /> The tryout led to a scholarship at MDC, where he credits Coach Steve Hertz for “teaching me the game.” Hertz taught Torres how to hit from the left side, making him a switch-hitter and ensuring his speed would be even more of a weapon.<br /> <br /> “It’s rare when a kid starts hitting from the other side of the plate at 18 years old and has success,” Hertz said, “but he did it.”<br /> <br /> Patient Persistence<br /> Fast forward to 2010, when Torres helped the San Francisco Giants win their first World Series title since 1954. The Giants’ drought parallels the career of Torres, who has waited a long time to establish himself as a big-leaguer and provide for his family – wife, Soannie, and son, Diego Andrés, 6.<br /> <br /> Looking back at how his rise to the top all started, Torres said, “I am thankful for my teachers, coaches, teammates and everyone else who helped me at Miami Dade College.”<br /> <br /> Torres has spent much of the offseason being filmed for the documentary, with Haney-Jardine’s crew following him to San Francisco, Miami and Puerto Rico. When Haney-Jardine pitched the project to Torres, he wrote him the following:<br /> <br /> “Your story is my story. It’s the story of many people. It’s the story of belief, hope, discipline and sacrifice.” Sounds like it will eventually be a Giant hit, just like Torres.<br /> <br /> — WV<br />

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Grammy Winner Discovered Joy of Hard Work at MDC

As if living your dream wasn’t enough, Miami Dade College music production graduate Oscar Moncada can now add a Grammy win to his list of achievements.<br /> <br /> In 2010, Moncada produced two songs on the reggae album Before the Dawn, which earned him a Best Producer award in the 2011 Grammy Awards.<br /> <br /> “I had never produced any reggae music before,” Moncada said. “I had mostly done a lot of rock and even some metal songs.”<br /> <br /> But Moncada did have a couple of reggae songs he had made for himself.<br /> <br /> “I went out on a limb and showed him my rock music,” Moncada said. “He said ‘I like dat mon.’ ”<br /> <br /> So Moncada incorporated his own unique contemporary sounds into the album. You can hear Moncada’s influence in the songs “In the Air” and “No Smoking at All,” which have a heavy rock influence.<br /> <br /> “The texture of the album is great,” Moncada said. “It’s very special.”<br /> <br /> Delighted with the Grammy Award, but not ready to rest on his laurels, Moncada is already thinking about his next project in the world of reggae music. It’s a lesson he said he learned at MDC: to work hard for the joy of the job, not the thought of potential fame.<br /> <br /> “You do it because you love it and you never think about an award,” Moncada said. “But if the academy says they love it too, I say ‘There’s more where that came from.' ”<br /> <br /> — PUR

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