Yunel Escobar's loyalties are with the Angels, who are relying on the new third baseman to provide solid defense and a high on-base percentage from the leadoff spot, but his heart strings were being tugged toward the opposing dugout Monday night. "Joe Maddon, in baseball terms, was like my dad," Escobar, speaking through an interpreter, said of the Chicago Cubs manager. "My relationship with him is extraordinary. I'm very grateful for what he's done to help me improve." Maddon spent 30 years in the Angels organization before moving on to manage Tampa Bay in 2006 and the Cubs in 2015, and the time and effort he invested in Escobar with the Rays in 2013 should benefit the Angels.
This time of year, anyone with a studio email address or an undergrad film-studies class under his or her belt will tell you about the movie that will rock your world, "Boyhood"-style But there are crystal balls and there are crystal balls. For true portents of where the movie globe is spinning -- at least the movie world that isn't sequels and superheroes -- the Toronto International Film Festival is downright clairvoyant. TIFF is where many big fall releases make a stop -- the occasional New York Film Festival or other premiere notwithstanding. And it's where, over the last 10 days or so, some trends have been asserting themselves. We break down the notables.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina claimed 1,800 lives, leaving 80 percent of New Orleans devastated and under water. Only one line of defence, the levee, failed the city. Since the disastrous storm hit, there have been concerted efforts to reduce risks from another possible Katrina. The Army Corps of Engineers has been responsible for the city's structural defence since the 1920s. Mike Park, chief of operations, explains that after Katrina, a more robust defence system - the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) - was built.
Huntington Beach residents can now claim they live in "The Soul of SoCal." Visit Huntington Beach, the official destination marketing organization for the city, announced the new brand recently at a meeting at the Pasea Hotel & Spa. The organization partnered with the Atkins Group, a Texas advertising agency, to create the new slogan. "Huntington Beach has long been known as Surf City USA and one of California's quintessential beach communities," Kelly Miller, president and chief executive officer of Visit Huntington Beach, said in a news release. "We learned that Huntington Beach resonates deeply as a destination that authentically delivers our brand promise: endless summer, flawless waves, laid-back luxury and an unhurried, welcoming future … that represents'The Soul of the SoCal' experience to our visitors domestically and internationally."