San Francisco Giants: "The Franchise" Features Andres Torres, Slumping Giants

Zac ThompsonContributor IAugust 11, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 12:  Andres Torres #56 of the San Francisco Giants walks back to the dugout after he scored to put the Giants ahead 4-2 in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park on June 12, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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This week's episode of "The Franchise" on Showtime took a closer look at the amazing story of Giants center fielder Andres Torres, the trade for Orlando Cabrera and the slumping offense.

But first it started with 2010 World Series MVP, Edgar Renteria, showing the Giants he still has the ability to come through in the clutch by getting the walk off hit for the Reds off of Brian Wilson. This series would prove to be the beginning of a terrible slump for the Giants.

Even after acquiring Jeff Keppinger, Carlos Beltran and now Orlando Cabrera, the offense has still been among the league's worst.

Speaking of Cabrera, the Showtime crew decided to embellish his recent playoff experiences. He has made the playoffs with a different team every year since 2004 except '06. That is pretty remarkable—and, perhaps, a little lucky.

This episode's featured player, however, was Andres Torres. The emotional story behind his path to the big leagues is almost unbelievable and great enough to make a movie about.

Torres suffered from ADHD until he began treating the condition in 2009. He said he would change his mechanics every day, so he was never consistent enough to break through the minor leagues.

The 33-year-old outfielder spent the vast majority of his career in the minors until finally making a splash last year in San Francisco, earning the starting center field job and becoming a key member down the stretch.

Last year everyone in the dugout and in the stands rooted more for Torres to succeed than anyone else. 

This year, however, that role may have been taken by Ryan Vogelsong. His story is well-documented by now, but it is so good that Showtime likes to check up on it regularly.

Being that a large amount of his starts have come after a loss, Vogelsong has become the "stopper" in the Giants rotation.

After losing two in a row to the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks, Vogelsong dominated in the series finale victory—a game which manager Bruce Bochy did not hesitate to call the biggest game of the year at that point. 

The episode came to a close with a high tension series, which consisted of a benches-clearing brawl between the Giants and Phillies

Nearing the middle of August and the heart of the divisional race, the Showtime series will only have more drama and tension to focus on so check back again next Thursday for another episode recap.