Earlier this week, when the Nats had lost seven of their last 11 and stomachs began to churn a bit, Reader Rob spotted a rack of Majestic brand shirts at a Gaithersburg Kohl’s department store touting the Nats as the “2012 NL East Division Champions.”

The Nats had already clinched a playoff berth, but as remains the case, the Braves were still alive in the division race.

Today Kohl’s issued a statement addressing the overzealous mishap.

“We apologize to the Washington Nationals, their fans and our customers for the confusion and inconvenience regarding the MLB National League Eastern Division championship merchandise,” Vicki Shamion, Kohl’s senior vice president, public relations, social marketing and community relations, said in an e-mailed statement. “We deeply regret this early unveiling and wish the Nationals the best of luck throughout the playoffs.”

But those crying “jinx!” should consider this: since the shirts went on display, the Nats have won back-to-back games. Washington’s magic number is now three, and with a couple wins in St. Louis this weekend and an Atlanta loss, Kohl’s may be able to wheel these threads right back out onto the floor.

For now, the champagne remains on ice.

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