Yet another reason why I’m glad I took the Twitter plunge almost two years ago (wow, it’s been that long?): when the Giants sent out a message that they were currently in the process of filming a TV commercial only two blocks from where I work, I was able to get there just in time.
Seriously, my timing couldn’t have been any better. I walked over to Mint Plaza (where I got my wife’s engagement and wedding rings and my wedding ring, which I actually got sized for after the parade … I still remember trying on the ring as a huge cloud of reefer smoke blew in, and the jeweler rolled his eyes and said, “It’s been like this all day”), and the area where I thought all the action would be was blocked off by gates and cops. All that was there was an empty courtyard except a cable car and a bunch of confetti on the ground.
So I walked around to the other side of the plaza, and I heard loud cheers from a group of about 30-40 people all dressed in Giants gear, facing the corner of some gray building with a plain door with a small window. Then I see Pat Burrell first, then Cody Ross, Sergio Romo, Freddy Sanchez, and Tim Lincecum, who’s hat was turned backwards and sat high on his head — held up partly by the ponytail he sported throughout his episode of Comcast Cribs. Lincecum’s also sporting a tremendous teenage mustache right now. Nice and wispy.
Have to say it was pretty cool, not just to see a bunch of Giants and the World Series trophy in the middle of a workday (hey, people take early lunches!), but to see a little of what goes into producing a TV commercial. On the videos below you can even hear all the video production jargon like “cut,” “quiet on set,” and “Sergio, can you take that bear cub off your face, please?”
From the first video, it looks like the plot of the commercial entails Lincecum trying to be sneaky, giving Ross a signal through the window that it’s okay to come out (or something … it was a little confusing). Then Sanchez brings out the trophy along with Ross, Burrell and Romo.
In the second video, Sanchez has the trophy and let’s a couple kids hold it. Then he says a slogan we’ll probably hear about 3,948 times between now and November, “Together we’re Giant.”