Leaf blower saves the day as Astros struggle to unveil World Series banner

The brief banner debacle drew laughs from the crowd and Astros players, but the team still took care of business against Baltimore, with a 6-1 home win.

Kahron Spearman

In front of their 6-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles, the world champion Houston Astros made a valiant attempt at unveiling the franchise's first-ever championship banner at Minute Maid Park.

Astros team personnel fought with the black curtain draped over the pennant, starting laughter amongst Astros players. When all else failed, a leaf blower made an appearance and saved the day.

Prior to the game, the Astros celebrated their 2017 World Series championship by unveiling a banner in left field. The unveiling didn't go as smoothly as anticipated. A leaf blower was involved. Some would say “starred."

Bill Baer
Staff Writer, NBC Sports

As for the game itself, Astros starter Charlie Morton pitched six scoreless innings Monday night, allowing three hits against six strikeouts.

George Springer went two for five at the plate, with a double and run scored. Off to a strong start through five games, catcher Brian McCann was two for two with a walk and two runs, in three official plate appearances. 

Reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve got a hit, and received "MVP" chants throughout the game.