If the Royals win the World Series, an assist may got to star singer Taylor Swift.
On Friday, Swift played a concert at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. That fact may not seem all that important, but you may not be aware of the Swift Curse.
Zoel Lopez, who is with KKOY (97.3) in Chanute, Kan., can be credited with discovering the curse Taylor Swift has on Major League Baseball teams.
“It was a random thought I had when I was thinking of the Nationals season, how they had all this drama,” Lopez said. “Then I remembered Taylor Swift performing there, and the issues with the lights, and thought, huh guess she could be blamed on the Nationals collapse.
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“Then I looked at her other MLB stadiums she performed at and then the light bulb went off. I thought ‘Well ... it’s sports’ (and) we have the Bartman Curse, Goat Curse, Curse of the Bambino. So why not the Swift Curse just for fun and to get Toronto fans riled up?”
Here are the particulars:
NATIONALS: Swift played at Nationals Park on July 13 and 14. At the time, the Nationals were 48-39 and had a two-game lead in the National League East. Since then: Nationals went 35-40 and missed the playoffs.
PADRES: Swift played at Petco Park on Aug. 29. The Padres were out of the race already at 62-67. Since then: Padres finished the year with a 12-21 record.
ASTROS: Swift played at Minute Maid Park on Sept. 9. The Astros were 76-64 and held a two-game lead in the AL West. Since then: Houston went 10-12 down the stretch and lost their division lead to the Rangers.
BLUE JAYS: Swift played a pair of shows at the Rogers Center. Toronto was 93-67 and tied for the best record in the American League. Since then: Toronto lost twice to the Rays and lost home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Here is Lopez’s original string of thought as he discover the Swift Curse:
Fortunately for the Royals, Swift played two shows at the Sprint Center last month and not at Kauffman Stadium.