Winning games is great and everything, but the Houston Astros have stumbled upon a supplementary bonus for not being bad anymore: the right to mess with Taylor Swift’s plans.
On Monday, the 55–45 Astros announced this autumn’s T-Swift concert at Minute Maid Park would be rescheduled from Oct. 13 to Sept. 9. Houston entered the day one game behind the Los Angeles Angels in the American League East and with a two-game lead in the AL’s wild card standings.
“As a concert and special event venue, Minute Maid Park is committed to providing the best experience to not only Astros fans, but to the fans of all of the artists that perform at the ballpark," the Astros said in a release. “The new show date will ensure that fans of Taylor Swift will have every opportunity to see her perform at Minute Maid Park, as the Sept. 9 date does not conflict with any potential postseason baseball.”
Fans who purchases tickets for the Oct. 13 show are guaranteed the same seats for the new date. Refunds will be provided by Ticketmaster and the Minute Maid Park box office for those unable to attend the Sept. 9 show.
Jokes and “Shake It Off” puns aside, this was a necessary move for the Astros, who are in legitimate contention for their first postseason berth since 2005. Houston finished 70–92 last season, its best season since the team’s 76–86 campaign in 2010.
- Mike Fiammetta