#PopUps: Hunter Pence and Fuller House
Ask a millennial who DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle Tanner are and most will instantly give you the following answer: “The girls from Full House.” Full House was a staple of television viewing for children from 1987 through 1995. Over eight seasons, America and its children grew up with the Tanner girls, who were raised by their maternal uncle, widower father, and the latter’s friend, Joey.
Full House has been on the minds of many of the now fully grown millennials because of streaming service Netflix and its decision to release the first season of its original series, Fuller House. Fuller House is a spin-off of the original show. It finds eldest daughter DJ, a widow, raising three young boys, one of whom is an infant. Overwhelmed by raising three boys on her own, DJ receives help from her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy Gibbler, who both move into the Tanner household to raise the three boys and Gibbler’s daughter.
— Alexis Cozombolidis (@LetsGetLexi) February 26, 2016
Episode 10 of Season One, titled “A Giant Leap,” holds an unexpected surprise. Stephanie (played by Jodie Sweetin) asks her family not to embarrass her in front of her new boyfriend. After the doorbell rings, Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants walks into their living room. Pence is visiting the home to drop off tickets for Stephanie and her family to watch that day’s game, where Stephanie will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” At the game, the Kiss Cam, a comical arrest, and a diehard San Francisco fan base lead to mix of dramatic moments and laughter.
— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) February 26, 2016
While Pence has become a favorable ambassador for the sport of baseball through social media, fan-made signs, and Fuller House television appearances, he has been quite successful on the field, as well. In 2004, Pence was taken in the second round of the draft by the Houston Astros. Pence quickly moved up to the majors, where he made his debut early in 2007. That year Pence finished third in Rookie of the Year voting behind Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki and winner Ryan Braun. Pence continued to play well defensively and put up decent numbers offensively through the 2011 season. On July 29, 2011, the Astros traded Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he enjoyed his first taste of postseason baseball, before being eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. Almost a year to the day from when he arrived, Pence was traded again, this time to the San Francisco Giants in July of 2012.
Pence would again play in every regular season game for the Giants in 2014. He also would record a career high 106 runs, 180 hits, and 650 at-bats on his way to his third All-Star Game and third playoff berth. In the season in which the Pence signs and the rap video made their debuts, Pence would put up great playoff numbers en route to his second World Series ring. In the 2014 World Series, Pence had five RBI and scored seven runs on 12 hits and a .500 on-base percentage.
Nate Tweedie is the manager of on-site learning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum