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Are you ready for the playoffs?

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Reds are now just one win - or a Cardinals loss - away from doing something that no Reds team has done in the last 15 years.

"Yeah, its pretty exciting just to see them, to get them in," said Eric Koch about having the Division Champs tee-shirts in stock. "I know there is a lot of excitement building around the city for this...people have been waiting a long time just for the reds to do anything."

At Koch's Sporting Goods in downtown Cincinnati, the t-shirts are ready for the team's first Division Championship since 1995. The 'Division Champ' T-shirts could go on sale as early as Tuesday if the Cardinals lose Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The shirts will cost $20 at Koch's, and the store is expecting different items late Monday.

"We're getting a couple of different styles including the locker room tee shirt, the locker room hat," said Koch.

If the Cards win, the Reds will hopefully clinch on Tuesday night with a win against the Houston Astros in front of a hometown crowd at Great American Ball Park.

With a win on Sunday against the San Diego Padres, the Reds secured themselves at least a tie in the NL Central.

"It would have been nice to clinch here (San Diego) so we can tear this clubhouse up, but hopefully we just clinch it at home and just get it over with," Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips said. "It doesn't really matter where, as long as it happens."

Koch was born and raised in Cincinnati and can't remember a time like this where the local pro teams have preformed so well.

"Its a blast seeing this kind of excitement back in Cincinnati, you have the Bengalis who won the division, now the reds, knock on wood, are going to win the division...its and exciting time to be in Cincinnati," said Koch.

The Reds team store at Great American Ball Park will also be selling shirts, hats, pins and whatever else comes in as soon as the Reds are officially Central Division Champions.

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