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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 10/02/2012

New Nationals gear celebrates champions of the National League East

New merchandise celebrating the Nationals’ spot as champions of the National League East went on sale Tuesday morning, but few fans turned out to make early purchases.


Nationals’ championship cap. (Maggie Fazeli Fard - The Washington Post)
Sales clerks at the ballpark’s team store arranged the new gear — baseball caps and T-shirts emblazoned with the word “Champions” — among displays for this week’s promotional items, which feature the team’s Teddy Roosevelt mascot.

Aside from a few cap sales, the new merchandise was mostly untouched.


Nationals’ women’s T-shirt. (Maggie Fazeli Fard - The Washington Post)
Still, despite the slow start, manager Antonio Savage wasn’t worried about sales.

“It’s been a long time since the Nats got to this point. I just hope we have enough,” Savage said, predicting that the championship gear would sell out quickly.

The Nationals clinched the NL East championship Monday and secured the team’s spot in the NL Division series.

Savage said that the ballpark was waiting for the remaining shipment of gear, which included additional caps and all the men’s T-shirts. (As of this morning, only the women’s and youth tees had been delivered.) Savage expected the merchandise to arrive sometime this afternoon, and definitely before tonight’s game.

The gear will be on sale at the ballpark’s stands and shops, as well as Washington area Modell’s stores.

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