Is Taylor Swift cursing MLB teams after concerts at their ballparks?
Taylor Swift obviously is the biggest act going in pop music and her “1989 World Tour” has been packing arenas, stadiums and ballparks all across the country. But a look at how MLB teams have fared after the superstar performed a concert at their ballpark indicates her appearance has had an adverse impact upon their play.
The numbers were crunched for a report from espnW, published Sept. 30, and in a handful instances a Swift concert appeared to put a major league team into a major funk and sent them into something of a slide.
The report cites the experience of the Washington Nationals following Swift’s concert in July at Nationals Park. Two nights after the show, there were lighting issues at the park. But things got even more dire for the D.C. ball club. The Nationals plunged from the top of the NL East as a result of abject dysfunction and a 32-38 record.
And perhaps the strangest of all involves the plight of the Houston Astros.
Some may recall that in late July, Swift’s concert at Minute Maid Park that was originally slated for Oct. 13 was rescheduled to Sept. 9 to accommodate the Astros’ surprising push for the postseason. As noted in the report, the Astros at the time of rescheduling were on a roll, sitting at 55-45 and in possession of the AL’s first wild card spot. On the day of Swift’s show at the Astros’ ballpark, the team held a two-game lead in the AL West. Since the concert, the Astros have sputtered, going 7-11.
The report notes that the last time the Astros were in the postseason was in 1989. Eerie stuff.
While correlation doesn’t imply causation, it’s certainly an interesting aside, one that could be further established depending on how the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays fare in the postseason after Swift’s show at Rogers Centre this weekend.
It would be at this point where references to Swift songs like “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space” and the sort would be apropos. But it’s arguably best to avoid any “Bad Blood” and leave it alone.