Torres/Ramirez call transcript
The Mets held an introductory conference call this afternoon with new acquisitions Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez. The story is up on Mets.com, but here’s the full transcript of the call:
Andres, what was the difference for you between 2010 and 2011?
Torres: “Last year, I had injuries. I was battling injuries. It was a tough year for me, to be honest with you guys. But this year, I feel great. I’m training. I’m back on track. I’m working hard on hitting. And I’m ready. I’m excited to go to New York and play my game. I’m prepared to have a better season than 2010. And I feel like I will. Because I believe in myself. I’m just working really hard, really hard. And I’m ready to go for it.”
Andres, what makes Ramon such an effective pitcher?
Torres: “Oh, wow. His location is amazing. Ramon, he’s a great pitcher. He locates the ball so good. I’m in center. I always watch pitchers. He’s got the changeup, slider. He’s really good. I told Ramon, ‘It’s amazing how you locate the ball.’ And that’s the key for pitching. You locate the ball on the corners, I think you’re going to be very successful.”
Andres, what makes you a good fit for the leadoff spot?
Torres: “I think my job is to get on base. I feel good, because I know I’m working to hit line drives, get on base, hit doubles. I know I can hit the ball all over the field. I can make things happen. I’m working hard for that. I keep the clubhouse loose. I always try to talk with everybody. With the guys, I just think we have to feel comfortable with everyone in this clubhouse. Just go out there and have fun.”
Is it difficult going from a playoff contender to a team with lower expectations?
Torres: “I’m excited. I know with me and Ramon and the rest of the players here, we’ve got to go. And it’s winning. I think anything can happen. If we play together, we can win. I know people talk about things, but I believe that. We have to push ourselves to do the best, and good things are going to happen. We’re going to play hard baseball. Last year, it wasn’t a good year. But this year I’m coming to play the game. And next year, I’m going to be ready and play my game and all the rest. Every year is a challenge. You want to go out there and perform and do your best and try to win ballgames. That’s what it’s all about. Playing good defense, good pitching and we hit. I think that’s a big key, too.”
Do either of you know any of your new Mets teammates?
Ramirez: “I was playing with Jason Bay. When I was in Boston, I played with him.”
Torres: “I played with Frank Francisco with Texas. … I just see a lot of them on TV. But, to be honest, I haven’t played with them with the same team.”
Andres, you’ve been open about your struggles with ADHD. How much has it affected your day-to-day life?
Torres: “I got diagnosed in 2002. I never was medicated. In 07, I started taking medication. I became better. I’m making a movie, it’s coming soon, about helping kids and people understand this condition. After I won the World Series, one of the owners of the San Francisco Giants, he told me about making a movie to inspire kids about my life. I was excited to do that, because it’s about helping others and how we get better. And I think it’s a great project. Like I said, it’s not about me. It’s about helping other people. And people look at me, all the struggles, but I became a world champion. And I’ve had a lot of up and downs, but it’s about making adjustments. Now, I feel pretty good. I am who I am. If I can help other people and other kids with this, I think it’s a great opportunity. I’m really excited with what I’m doing. If I can be a spokesperson for this, it’s great for others, too.”
Do you medication on a daily basis still?
Torres: “I have to take it. I really have to take it, medication. Because it’s helps you with your focus and how to concentrate better. People who have this have to understand that this is a condition that you really have to pay attention to, and the medication helps. It definitely helps.”
Andres, Terry Collins has talked about the energy you bring. Do you feel comfortable trying to replace Jose Reyes as a spark for the team?
Torres: “Oh, yeah. I admire Reyes. He’s one of the best, most exciting players in the game. I’m very pumped. I know what I can bring. I know how I can play the game. I’m very excited. I’m working, hitting, hitting long drives. I know he’s always been the guy that brings energy. I want to play my game, Andres Torres. I’m working hard to be an exciting player to. I just want to go there to New York, bring energy and get the team pumped. And do my best.”
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