Last winter, when the double-A Frisco RoughRiders started planning their “Salute to Full House” theme night for this Friday, June 12, no one knew anything about the forthcoming and much-ballyhooed Full House spinoff on Netflix. That was just a stroke of luck—or maybe the result of some sort of sixth sense from the team’s executive vice president and general manager Jason Dambach.
“We had no idea there was going to be a reunion,” said the team’s owner Chuck Greenberg. “After we booked it and planned it, I saw the press release about the reunion and I emailed Jason and I asked him if he was interested in buying a lottery ticket for me.”
The RoughRiders, a Texas Rangers affiliate, anticipate a sellout (a full house, if you will) including standing room, for only the second time in franchise history. The evening will feature an appearance and ceremonial first pitch by Dave Coulier, aka Uncle Joey, as well as ’90s music, skits, and a prize trip for one lucky winner to San Francisco, where Full House was set. And, of course, the players will wear a brightly colored tribute to the TV show.
“We’ve got Full House jerseys, which are spectacularly awful,” Greenberg said.
The jerseys feature the team name (or half of it, anyway) and numbers set in the Full House font, as well as stylized illustrations of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco’s brightly painted Victorian houses, the “Painted Ladies.” Fans of the TV show will recognize these landmarks from the Full House’s opening title sequence.
Jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with all proceeds benefitting Pilots N Paws, a charity selected by Dave Coulier.
UPDATE 6/13/15: Here are some photos from the game, including Dave Coulier before his first pitch.