Now that USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale has predicted Japanese slugger Shohei Ohtani will sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, fans have been in shambles lately.

Nightengale boldly predicted Ohtani will with the Dodgers, per Talkin' Baseball.

“I think he ends up with the Los Angeles Dodgers. I really do. It's comfortable there. Same doctors, trainers. Uh, people leave him alone,” Nightengale said.

“I think it'll be right around $450 and $550 million…so if he starts pitching again, then he will make a lot more money,” the veteran journalist added.

Bob Nightengale has a notorious track record. He has a reputation of reporting things that don't materialize. With that in mind, Dodgers fans now feel their chances of signing Shohei Ohtani are slim to none.

“Yuck,” @tictagmagic NFT said.

“Shohei Ohtani not a Dodger confirmed,” @HowUBenFeller tweeted.

“Bob is wrong most of the time so welcome to Atlanta,” @GetWetSports exclaimed.

“Well he won't be a dodger now,” @BettingsSnacks chimed in.

“Man he done jinxed us,” @Kase_881 mused.

“Confirmed not LAD,” @STL_Cards_nut said.

Fans have grown wary of the Bob Nightengale jinx. Tampa Bay Rays starter Drew Rasmussen was just half an inning from throwing a perfect game against the Baltimore Orioles last year. Unfortunately, Nightengale posted a tweet prior to the ninth inning. Drew Rasmussen ultimately surrendered a leadoff double and squandered his perfect game.

Shohei Ohtani met with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday – the same day Nightengale made his prediction. News of their meeting further fueled speculation the Dodgers are in hot pursuit of the Japanese slugger.

On the flip side, if the Dodgers somehow sign Shohei Ohtani, it will serve as sweet vindication for Bob Nightengale. Not only that, but Los Angeles will also become perennial World Series contenders for the foreseeable future.