Andres Torres

Andres Torres is many things. He is an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants. He is a “fashionable” dresser who may not fully understand how to properly size his outfits. He is a man who throws cinder blocks over his shoulder in an effort to maintain an unorthodox workout method. He is a 2010 World Series hero.

But most of all, he is a good Giant.

A few days ago, news broke that Torres will have surgery to remove two bone spurs from his left foot that have bothered him throughout the season. The surgery not only ends his 2013 season, but the six months of required rehab would mean he would miss the start of Spring Training in 2014. At 35 years old, it’s not a stretch to say that Torres may have seen his last game as a Giant and possibly as a Major League player.

After returning to his former team from a trade with the Mets that brought 2012 spark plug Angel Pagan to the Giants, Torres hasn’t been a big contributor to the already stifled offense the Giants have shown this year. In addition to batting .250 with an on-base percentage of just .302, Torres has shown questionable judgment in the outfield and has had moments where he looked dazed and unfocused — forgetting to get the ball in the infield, dropping routine fly balls, and taking indirect routes to fly balls that would make any coach nervous.

On paper,  Torres doesn’t seem like much … but Giants fans know better.

The man who is now known in the Bay Area for cowboy hats, workouts that would put Crossfit to shame, and multiple genuine “Hello, how are you doing’s?” to every person who crosses his path says more than a batting average. He’s more than E7′s or strikeouts with runners in scoring position. He was so very much more.

Torres was one misfit in a team of castoffs in 2010 who showed they could beat teams that were better statistically. In the 2010 World Series, Torres played the role of the man he was traded for in 2012. He led off the lineup with confidence and speed, providing positive energy to a team that already had great chemistry. In five games, he batted .318 with a home run and three RBIs. He also tallied the only stolen base for the Giants in those five games against the Rangers (tacos anyone?). His postseason performance exceeded even his breakthrough regular season and truly embodied a player rising when it counted most.

I will really really miss Andres Torres. There’s a reason he was awarded the 2010 Willie Mac Award by his teammates in one of the most important seasons in franchise history. We loved him for his genuine enthusiasm for the game, his affection for his teammates, and his respect for everyone he came across. But I think what I’ll miss most is his tenacity – 2010 or 2013, you never doubted Andres Torres was giving it everything he had.

And because I’m terrible at saying goodbye and this season has forced me to turn off all emotions other than humor in self defense, I’ll end the post with a few of my favorite Andres moments from this season.

Being emotional:

Getting lost:

Confusing Buster Posey:

Hidden behind Nate Freiman:

Thank You Andres. You are the definition of a good Giant. San Francisco will miss you.