Potential Taylor Swift feud watchlist: the Houston Astros

Watch out, Houston Astros. If history repeats itself, a Taylor Swift-penned diss track directed toward you might hit the charts soon. After concerns that the baseball team’s potential playoff run could run into a scheduling conflict with the pop star’s world tour, the Houston Chronicle reports that a calendar kerfuffle has been avoided. And in the stare-down for a slot at Minute Maid Park, it wasn’t the Astros who blinked last Monday.

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) gets dunked by Luis Valbuena (18) and Marwin Gonzalez, right, after hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve (27) gets dunked by Luis Valbuena (18) and Marwin Gonzalez, right, after hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

The Houston stop on Swift’s “The 1989 World Tour” will now light up the baseball stadium on Sept. 9 instead of the previously planned Oct. 13, when a potential Divisional Series game would have kept Swift from shaking it off. The Astros will be in Oakland on Swift’s new H-Town date.

“The new show date will ensure that fans of Taylor Swift will have every opportunity to see her perform at Minute Maid Park,” according to an Astros news release, “as the September 9th date does not conflict with any potential postseason baseball.”

Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Singer Taylor Swift performs during her “1989” world tour at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

According to the Chronicle, tickets for the old Swift stop date guarantee the same seat, and refunds are available if Swifties don’t have a blank space in their datebook on Sept. 9.

As Mashable points out, the Astros foretold a conflict when Swift’s tour dates were announced last December, tweeting “Note: the date of the Taylor Swift 1989 tour show at #MMP is subject to change if it conflicts with an #Astros postseason home game.” At the time, the team had just flailed in another consecutive losing season, so the very idea was laughable to the social media hivemind.

Swift, of course, has been in the news for beefs of all sorts. The “Style” singer recently got into a widely publicized Twitter spat with rapper Nicki Minaj over this year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations. (Speaking of VMA nods, the “Bad Blood” video is widely rumored to be a dig at pop singer Katy Perry.) And don’t get us started on Swift’s potential feud with the People’s Republic of China.

Will the Houston Astros follow in the grand tradition of Perry and ex-boyfriend John Mayer and receive their own musical burn?

(No, of course not.)


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