San Francisco Giants’ Full Clubhouse Video is Amazing Nostalgia


On Friday morning, the San Francisco Giants unveiled their “Full Clubhouse” video, a short tribute to the opening credits of the iconic late-1980’s, early 1990’s sitcom, Full House. If you haven’t seen it because you’ve been living under a rock, or if you just want to watch it again, in all of its infinite glory, please bask in it now.

The Giants are hosting a special event on September 30th, where they’ll pay more tribute to the former television series based in San Francisco when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The video is perfect, plain and simple. It kicks off with those oh so familiar drums leading into an aerial view of AT&T Park as those unforgettable lyrics begin. “Whatever happened to predictability..” Brandon Crawford kicks it off, playing the part of Uncle Jesse, who was portrayed by John Stamos. It’s not like the two haven’t already been compared enough, anyway. Crawford has a guitar on his lap, leaning back and laughing in a perfect imitation of Uncle Jesse.

Hunter Pence takes on the role of Tanner Family patriarch Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), who, in the original intro, was polishing the windshield of his car. Pence, in his case, was polishing the handle of his scooter, which couldn’t have been played any better. Matt Duffy is Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier, who makes a cameo appearance at the end of the Giants’ video, with his age old “cut it out” bit ), removing his sunglasses and chuckling along to an unheard joke in a jacket adorned with a World Series patch. Duffy could have a serious career in background acting after he hangs up his cleats. His arm action is fantastic.

Jeremy Affeldt and Bruce Bochy split duties as D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron), the eldest daughter who places a photo of herself on the mantle in the original opener. Affeldt delicately places a photo of Bochy in his locker before turning to face the camera with a picture perfect pose. Bochy lovingly sets a photo of Affeldt on his desk before flashing his own smile towards the camera. That part gets my money as the best bit in the video.

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Javier Lopez does his best impression of middle daughter Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin). He tosses a frisbee offscreen before bouncing around and grinning towards the camera. One can only imagine he threw the frisbee to Sergio Romo, who gave Lopez a “that’s what’s up” to elicit a reaction like that.

Joe Panik, though not the youngest player in the group, takes on the role of the youngest daughter Michelle Tanner (the Olsen Twins). While Michelle flops down on to her bed originally, Panik flops down into an office chair. Fret not, the commercial was shot well before Panik’s back troubles began. It wouldn’t be crazy to picture Bochy saying “we need a big hit, Joe”, and Panik answering with a thumbs up, saying “you got it, dude”.

The scene ends with Crawford, Affeldt, and Panik sitting on the dugout railing, reminiscent of the three adults in the original, before settling in center field for a nice picnic.

For anyone who grew up watching Full House, the nostalgia was powerful in the Giants’ rendition. From the familiar theme song, to the great impersonations, to the Dave Coulier sighting at the end, it was so well done that it couldn’t help but bring about old memories of sitting in front of a television set while the Tanner Family brought you into their home one half hour at a time. I found myself humming the theme music more than once throughout the day after watching this, and can only imagine that many people were afflicted the same way.

Full House paid homage to a number of Bay Area teams of their time throughout their run. Stephanie played for a little league baseball team named the Giants that shared a familiar logo with the Major League team, and Danny wore a Giants’ jacket in the opening sequence. San Francisco 49ers’ logos were seen throughout the show, as different characters wore gear at times. Danny also rocked full Golden State Warriors’ regalia at one point, and the NBA team didn’t forget it.

The Giants have been having fun for a long time. That’s part of what’s made them so successful over the past few years. They’re a bunch of grown men playing a child’s game for a living, and they seem to know that. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and this short vignette is further evidence. It’s a lot of fun to watch these guys do what they do, and it’s not limited to what they do on the field.

Just like on Full House, the Giants are a family. There’s ups and there’s downs, but they’re together through it all.

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