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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 31, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

Heart

An abbreviated version of ATH today. Apologies. I had a late night and thus a late start this morning and on days like this I have come to feel like you all would prefer to have┬áthe comment thread up for the previous night’s games sooner as opposed to waiting for my not 100% observations on last night’s games up late (my not 100% observations early, however, are still cool I hope).

For those who care, my late night was because I went to go see Heart and Joan Jett play at the Ohio state fair. That’s right, don’t hate. Heart and Joan Jett are awesome and I will accept no argument to the contrary. I even dig the 80s power ballad version of Heart. I mean, I was a 12 or 13-year-old boy when that stuff was coming out and I had MTV so, you know.

Only complaint about last night’s show: you can tell Ann and Nancy Wilson aren’t big fans of their 80s output. They sort of introduced that portion of the show with a half-apology and then reworked the instrumentation on “Alone,” “These Dreams” and “What About Love.” Ann still has the pipes and hit every big note, but there was, like, mandolin and acoustic guitar as opposed to power ballad bombast. I think we’re all mature enough and confident in our tastes, however, to be able to handle the full power ballad bombast, right? Even if it’s not cool? We won’t think less of you, Ann and Nancy, if you own that period of your careers. If you didn’t then most of us wouldn’t have even heard of you. You’d be like Foghat and Grand Funk and all of those other bands that petered out in 1979 and only our moms and dads know. Better, to be sure, but confined┬áto that one decade and likely not able to fill a 10,000 person room like you did last night.

Um, OK, I think I’ve gone on long enough. And revealed far too much about myself. Now the scores:

(oh, Joan Jett kicked butt too)

Mets 11, Phillies 2
Brewers 5, Rays 0
Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4
Astros 8, Athletics 1
Nationals 4, Marlins 3
Orioles 4, Angels 3
Giants 7, Pirates 5
Indians 2, Mariners 0
Rockies 6, Cubs 4
Tigers 7, White Sox 2
Dodgers 3, Braves 2
Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1
Padres 12, Cardinals 1
Rangers 3, Yankees 2
Royals 3, Twins 2

  1. borisgv - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I saw Heart about a year ago with Def Leppard and Heart actually blew Leppard off the stage two times over. They were louder, harder, and the Wilson chick has an absolutely killer vocal.

    The thing about them now is live they sound very hard rock, at time metal, and then they go into an acoustic Zeppelin like song. It’s much different than their “hair metal” power ballads in the 80s, and IMO much better. They had a couple of new songs that were playing on our rock station last year that were really good. When you listen to their 70s stuff and compare it to their 2000s stuff it’s very similar music. It’s like the 80s period never existed, except that’s probably when that group made most of it’s money.

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