Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 12/14/11

This afternoon, the two newest members of the New York Mets, outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez spoke with reporters by phone. Here is what they had to say according to those who were on the call:

Andres Torres says he's making movie about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which he's dealt with, to help people confronting it. about 6 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Torres says he takes medication for ADHD to help him concentrate better. about 6 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin "Anything can happen," Andres Torres said about the 2012 season. #Intrigue about 6 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough Ramirez mentioned that he'd played with Jason Bay. It was Boston, so might not be sure it was the same guy. about 6 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @StevePopper Steve Popper Andres Torres said he'd played in Texas with Francisco, but couldn't remember his name. I guess he's voting Ramirez for closer. about 6 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @StevePopper Steve Popper

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, when asked how he accounted for the difference between his 2010 (.268, 18 HR, 63 RBIs) and 2011 (.221, 4 HR, 19 RBIs) performance, Torres responded:

Last year I had injuries. I was battling injuries. It was a tough year for me, to be honest with you guys. 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 preparing to have a better season than 2010, and I feel like I will because, like I said, I believe in myself and I’m just working really hard — really hard — and I’m ready to go for it.”

On what makes Ramon Ramirez and effective pitcher, Torres siad:

Oh, wow, his location is amazing. Ramon is a great pitcher. He locates the ball so good. You know, I’m in center. I always watch pitches. His location. His got a changeup, slider. He’s really good. I told Ramon, ‘It’s amazing how you locate the ball.’ That’s the key for pitching — you locate the ball wherever, on the corners. I think he’s going to be very successful.”

In talks I have had with some Giants fans on Twitter, the words most associated with Torres are “grinder” and “grit.”  Most Giants fans have told me I can expect gold glove caliber defense, locker room leader, and a guy who “leaves it all on the field” as one fan said. Those are great things to hear.  They also have me excited to see what he can bring to the table for the Mets in 2012. However, all the grit, heart, and determination in the world won’t stop me from cursing him if he is hitting .220 with a .312 OBP as he did for the Giants in 2011.

Here is a YouTube video of Torres upcoming video on ADHD:


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