Could Taylor Swift’s new album be good news for the SF Giants’ World Series chances?
Are you excited about the new Taylor Swift album? If not, you should be. There’s an oddly-interesting connection between the SF Giants and Swift, which could make for a fun 2020 in the Bay Area.
The Giants and pop-star Taylor Swift don’t usually go together in the same sentence. They hardly go together at all. One is a sports franchise. The other is a singer/songwriter. So how do these two share a reputation?
Well, let’s go back to 1989. This was the year the Giants took on the Oakland Athletics in what’s known as the “Earthquake Series.” Unfortunately, the Giants got swept by the A’s. But it was also the year Swift was born.
SF Giants and Taylor Swift in 2010
Let’s fast forward now to 2010. Swift released her album “Speak Now.” Albeit, this didn’t come out until November of 2010, she still dropped the single “Mine” in the summer.
After the release, the Giants went on to dominate the rest of the season to finish first in the NL West. They went to the postseason and said this World Series title is “Mine” defeating the Texas Rangers in five games.
Was 2010 a fluke with a new album and a Giants championship? It looked like it when neither made any noise in 2011.
SF Giants and Taylor Swift in 2012
Maybe one for the most underrated years in both Giants and Swift history. San Francisco finished second in the NL the year before but still had a solid team heading into the 2012 season.
Just days before the Fall Classic, Taylor Swift dropped the album “Red.” This one is widely known for the track “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” But also includes one of her most popular concert songs “All Too Well.”
Once the album came out, the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers to win their second World Series in three years. It was a feeling the Bay Area knew… all too well.
It wasn’t a coincidence anymore. Two Swift albums and two Giants titles.
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SF Giants and Taylor Swift in 2014
After the Giants started sliding in 2013, they needed a miracle to keep the “even-year magic” going. They had to shake it off.
Insert the final even year album from Swift in the 2010s: “1989”. Yes, the year she was born and the year the Giants were in the World Series against the A’s.
”1989” could easily be Swift’s most popular album she’s ever made. It had party vibes in almost every song and the Giants were looking to party for the third time in five years.
Her song “All You Had to Do Was Stay” was most likely ringing through Giants fans’ minds as Kansas City Royal Alex Gordon was 90 feet away from tying the game.
Luckily the Giants made it “Out of the Woods” and completed their dynasty, with an exciting Bumgarner save.
This ended the even-year magic as Swift went on to release her next two albums in 2017 and 2019.
SF Giants and Taylor Swift in 2020
10 years since “Speak Now,” Swift released a new album. “Folklore” was released on July 24th, 2020. Though it’s a long shot with this version of the San Francisco Giants, could this be the even-year magic they’re looking for?
Unfortunately, the vibe to this new era isn’t as energetic as the previous three. There’s more of a “zen” vibe to this one. More in your feels.
Honestly, this is maybe what the Giants and their fans needed. The team is clearly in rebuild mode and its obvious things will take a while. So just sitting back, enjoying the fact baseball is here again, and watching their beloved Giants might just be the vibe for this even year.
They’ll certainly need more than a Taylor Swift album to help them now, but the Giants can always thank her for helping create a dynasty nobody in their “wildest dreams” could ever come up with.