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A singer? No joke: Bob Saget pulls off the anthem at U.S. Cellular Field

May 28, 2012|By Matt Lindner, For RedEye

Bob Saget, the man best known as quintessential '90s TV sitcom dad Danny Tanner, is standing behind home plate about to sing the National Anthem before Saturday's White Sox game in front of a half-full house atU.S. Cellular Field when a reporter asks him if he's feeling any nerves.

"A little," he admits with a sheepish grin.

Saget steps to the microphone and—completely nails it, his rich baritone hitting all the right notes much to the delight of the 20,000 or so on hand to witness it and, quite frankly, himself as well.

"I didn't tank and you wanted to do this interview before the Anthem and we know that I survived and I deserve my hot dogs," a relieved Saget said afterward.

Google "Bob Saget singing" and the first result you'll find is him singing a tune from his act called "Danny Tanner is Not Gay." In other words, the National Anthem is not exactly in his wheelhouse, which is why he prepared for his big moment everywhere he could.

"I was singing it on the plane (from Kansas City) and people, they can't really get mad at you for humming the National Anthem to yourself," he said. "But if you're in a plane and you're singing the National Anthem, it's kind of like some weird thing where people are scared."

In addition to hot dogs, which a Sox staffer provided him shortly after, Saget earned another reward for his stellar Anthem performance—a hug from Southpaw, the team's green, furry mascot.

"Southpaw's very interesting," he said. "Doesn't smell like other mascots. Very clean. I don't know if it was Febreze or what but it was awesome."

Saget will spend the summer on tour before taping a one-hour special. He's also set to direct a movie later this year in addition to his role as the narrator on "How I Met Your Mother."

He swears he's never told his own kids a story as long as the one he's been telling his fictional kids on the show and offered some insight on how things are going to wrap up for Ted Mosby and the gang.

"I think it's gonna end up like '50 Shades of Grey,' and I can't say anything more than that," he said with a laugh.

While you'd think he might get sick of people coming up to him and referring to him as Danny Tanner nearly 20 years after the "Full House" ended its run, he said the exact opposite is true.

"It is an honor; it's a cool damn thing," he said. "It never gets old when people are kind and people are very nice to me, so they yell stuff out."

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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