friends hold a banner they found in Somerville, Mass., that proclaims the Boston Red Sox are the 2018 American League East Champions

(Ted Daniel/Boston 25 News via AP)

Fans Find Red Sox Division Title Banner in Street – Before They've Clinched The Division

September 20, 2018 - 8:33 am

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP/KMOX) — The Boston Red Sox have not clinchedthis year's American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled.

Boson-area friends Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and Randy Baldasarri say they found the banner on a road Monday morning after it apparently fell off a delivery truck in Somerville, Massachusetts.

But the trio held onto the banner for two days, hoping they'd be rewarded with game tickets or a chance to meet their favorite players.

Instead, the Boston Globe reports , the men took the banner to Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon and returned empty-handed.

Iacuzzi says he always intended to return the banner and rejected accusations he stole it.

Lets just hope this possible too-soon celebration doesn't set off another 86-year curse like the trade of Babe Ruth did about 100 years.