Taylor Swift curse: Blue Jays fans fret over pop singer's weekend concerts
Nationals, Padres and Astros have all tanked after Swift's concerts - are the Jays next?
American chart-topper Taylor Swift is playing two sold-out shows at the Rogers Centre in Toronto this weekend, and this has some Blue Jays fans worried. Will the Jays fall victim to what some see as the T. Swift curse?
Number crunchers at ESPN have looked at the records of baseball teams whose home stadiums have hosted concerts on Swift's 1989 tour. And the results aren't pretty.
Because now we've got bad blood...The curse of Taylor Swift? <a href="http://t.co/XA6bXlQow2">http://t.co/XA6bXlQow2</a> <a href="http://t.co/crtC6TrxsA">pic.twitter.com/crtC6TrxsA</a>—@SportsCenter
The legend of the Taylor Swift curse seems to have begun in Washington, D.C., where the singer performed in July. When the Washington Nationals next played at their home ballpark, the lights went out. Three times.
Play was delayed after the first two power interruptions, but after the third, the game was suspended and resumed the next day.
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer noted the perceived connection to Swift in a tweet posted that night.
Well who was the last one to use Nationals Park last? Taylor Swift.. I blame her for the power outs tonight. We now have <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BadBlood?src=hash">#BadBlood</a>—@Max_Scherzer
The Nationals' season has been disastrous since then, culminating in the dugout fight between pitcher Jonathan Papelbon and teammate Bryce Harper and the team's elimination from the playoffs.
The next team apparently hexed by the power of T. Swift was San Diego Padres, who lost 18 of 29 games after her concert at Petco Park on Aug. 29. They're also out of the playoffs.
Come on now. The Padres were broken before Taylor Swift played their stadium. <a href="https://t.co/qkbGRVFgEF">https://t.co/qkbGRVFgEF</a>—@keirdubois
And then, there's the Houston Astros. Back in July, the team moved a concert by Swift scheduled to take place at their home stadium on Oct. 13 to Sept. 9 in anticipation of a potential playoff run in October.
This didn't sit well with superstitious baseball fans, who viewed it as a possible jinx, akin to an announcer anticipating a no-hitter before the final batter is out.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Astros?src=hash">#Astros</a> announce new Houston date for Taylor Swift's The 1989 World Tour will be Wednesday, September 9 at Minute Maid Park.—@astros
The rest of the summer went very well for the Astros, who took over the top spot in the American League West division.
And then Taylor Swift came to town.
"Houston has turned in a lacklustre 7-11 record since her concert — including losing seven of the eight games immediately after," wrote D'Arcy Maine at ESPNW.
Now, instead of taking the division title, the Astros are fighting it out for a wildcard spot with the L.A. Angels.
While baseball fans are stereotyped as superstitious, some felt that blaming a pop-star curse for teams' terrible late-season runs was laughable.
Blaming Taylor swift for the nationals and Astros tanking😂😂😂😂 <a href="https://t.co/1RPjODi5JI">pic.twitter.com/1RPjODi5JI</a>—@DMath23
But both the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun are now fretting that Swift's weekend concerts could spell doom for the Jays and their first post-season run since the World Series glory days of 1993.
Some Jays fans are worried, too.
Taylor Swift had better not curse the <a href="https://twitter.com/BlueJays">@BlueJays</a> like she cursed other MLB teams. Here’s the explanation. <a href="http://t.co/7huxsoLQsn">http://t.co/7huxsoLQsn</a>—@alancross
Others, though, are confident in the curse-busting powers of the Blue Jays, which play their first post-Swift game on Oct. 8.
The Jays are going to be the team to break the Taylor Swift curse.—@YouStayClassy_