The Maria Torres Story: Influenced By Her Father, Motivated By Trade Rumors

Maria Torres, a University of Georgia journalism student, does not claim that she knew from the moment she was born that she wanted to write about sports. In fact, it took Torres until her early teens to discover a burning love for baseball that still resides within her today.

Growing up, Torres’ father was always a big baseball fan. He rooted for the Yankees, and Torres justifies this by saying he roots for the brand, not the team in which she is not too fond of today. But when her dad was engulfed in the 2003 World Series between “his” Yankees and the Florida Marlins, Torres discovered that there was something there that sirened her towards the draw of the sport.

Giddy about her new passion, Torres found herself in uncharted territory.

“It was never really on my radar,” Torres said. “I did not play sports growing up, as my parents never really emphasized that, and I never really thought about watching sports on television.”

But it was too late. A passion was quickly struck for the hometown baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, and particularly for one of their better players: Andruw Jones.

So when Jones trade talks heated up in 2006, Torres got her first taste of interacting with the baseball media, calling into a radio show to voice her opinion on the rumors.

“I wrote it down, and knew exactly what I was going to say,” Torres said. “I just went off on a tangent on how I did not want him gone because he helped the Braves go from the 90s funk that they got through, all the way to 2006, and helped the Braves along. I was insistent on the fact that they could not trade him!”

Today, Torres finds herself in a sports writing class within the Grady College of Journalism at UGA, and covers the women’s softball team for the school paper, the Red & Black.

Torres continues to bond with her father through the game of baseball, as they are able to relate the sport to any other life conversations that may come up along the way.

“We talk about sports stuff,” Torres said. “My dad is my go-to for anything, whenever I am having a crisis for anything with journalism and sports.  I learned from him what I know about baseball.”



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I am just your typical 30 year old journalism student at the University of Georgia. I am married with one child, though that child has four legs and barks when he is hungry. I am a writer/photographer/social media coordinator for Bulldawg Illustrated ( ), and am actively pursuing a Magazine Journalism degree with a certificate in Sports Writing. I have a deep passion for all things UGA athletics and the Atlanta Braves. So much so that I proposed to my now wife at the fifty-yard-line of Sanford Stadium, and married her in the 755 Club at Turner Field. Luckily, she shares my sentiments. I love living in downtown Athens, and take a great deal of pride in being a student at the University of Georgia.

2 thoughts on “The Maria Torres Story: Influenced By Her Father, Motivated By Trade Rumors

  1. Miss__Melanie

    I think what I enjoyed most about this profile is the structure of it. Logan did a great job with that, especially in setting up the quotes. I can relate with Maria in the sense that I never played sports because my parents never emphasized it either. Her journey to sports popped up out of nowhere almost and it was the same way for me. It’s cool to see where it has led her thus far.

  2. Maria Torres

    Good job, Logan! As we already discussed, I’m no longer the softball beat writer for the Red & Black, so I’m sorry that’s in this story. There goes your grade for factual accuracy! 😛 No, but I do think you did a fairly accurate job of capturing how much my dad influenced my love for baseball. On a more general level, you made some good word choices that really resonate with the piece.


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