On Friday, the Houston Astros evened the 2017 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees at three games apiece. As such, Saturday night will host a decisive Game 7, from which the winner will advance to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. 

Prior to Game 7, the Astros will summon an American legend to help set the proper tone for one of the biggest games in franchise history. That's right, the Astros will have professional wrestler Ric Flair shout out some words in a pretaped message. Here are the details from Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle ... 

The Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series [moves] to a Game 7, [and] the Astros will have pro wrestling superstar Ric Flair call out "Play Ball!" before the game in a video message.

Astros right fielder Josh Reddick is a huge wrestling fan and uses Flair's entrance music every time he steps to the plate at Minute Maid Park. Fans also have adopted the wrestler's "Woo!" yell throughout the season.

Yes, people, the Nature Boy will inspire the Astros via the timeless medium of the giant color television. The urgent question, then is not whether the Astros will win Game 7 and thus the pennant. The question, rather, is can Ric Flair hold these alligators down? 

He's trying, people. He's trying. But the reality of the situation is that he's having a hard time holding these alligators down. 


(Wink of CBS eye: Hardball Talk)