Can the Blue Jays overcome the dreaded Taylor Swift Curse and reach the World Series?
Sometimes in life, powerful forces can be hidden behind the most wholesome exteriors.
Yes, lying within Taylor Swift -- one of the world's most successful and likeable singers -- is a curse so strong it has foiled at least three MLB teams this season. Let's review.
- On July 13 and 14, Swift played Nationals Park as part of her 1989 tour. Before that, the Nats were sitting 2.5 games atop the NL East with a 48-39 record. Afterward, Washington went 32-42 -- falling completely out of the postseason picture.
- On August 29, Swift performed at San Diego's Petco Park. Before that night, the Padres were four games under .500 and were finishing up their second-best month record-wise all year. The team lost that night to the Phillies and ended up going 12-21 the rest of the way -- finishing the year at 74-88.
- On September 9, the now-traveling concert Curse made its way to Minute Maid Park -- home of the Astros. Houston went 9-12 post-Tay, nearly missing the postseason and eventually losing in the NLDS the day AFTER the Taylor Swift concert was originally supposed to be.
And now, the Blue Jays ...
Sure, Toronto finished in first place and clinched a trip to the ALCS on Wednesday, but remember: Taylor Swift held two concerts at Rogers Centre on Oct. 2-3.
So, what's gonna happen? Will the Blue Jays succumb to forces beyond their control? Can Jose Bautista somehow bat flip the bad vibes out of Toronto? (If anybody can do it, he can.) Or does the fact that the two teams have bad blood cancel out with Swift's "Bad Blood," thus disabling the Curse and sending the Jays to a World Series victory?