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Solving the mystery behind the UFO spotted in McCovey Cove

Mark Townsend
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Perhaps the greatest mystery yet to be solved during the 2013 baseball season is what exactly is the meaning of that UFO (Unidentified Floating Object) that hovers around McCovey Cove in San Francisco during certain Giants home games.

The folks at Total Pro Sports and Sportress of Blogitude were among the first to try their hand at figuring out the mystery when it popped up during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies back on May 8. Neither site got very far, with the latter writing.

Things have been progressively getting stranger and stranger this week outside the home ballpark of the San Francisco Giants, as evidenced by the sightings of two strange seafaring crafts floating in and hovering above the heavily traveled waters. First, it was the kayaking hot dog vendor, then it was the grunge-loving hippies who nearly drowned trying to obtain a ball, now a hovercraft and a UFO? Weird, wild stuff.

The UFO seemed to have disappeared for a few weeks, but as Brett Hansen alerted us on Twitter on Friday night, it was back and lighting up the water during the Giants 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

We appreciated the heads up, but I honestly still had no idea what we were dealing with here. That was until I snooped around the old internet for a good hour on Saturday morning and came across an article written by C. W. Nevius in the San Francisco Chronicle dated July 4. It's there I learned the following:

Don’t miss a chance to see Eric Staller’s Bubbleboat on the Bay during the Fourth of July. Staller, an artist, creates what he likes to call “urban UFO’s,” which are conceptual works meant to amaze, perplex and mystify spectators.

The craft resembles a floating space ship with a bubble cockpit where the operator sits. The egg shape is arresting enough, but you really have to see the effect at night, when a computer programmed light show takes over.

Staller has crashed a couple of Giants games, cruising up and down McCovey Cove, but Staller says he intends to get it out on the Bay for the Fourth too.

If Staller set out to amaze, perplex and mystify with his Bubbleboat, then he passed with flying colors. It truly is a sight to behold, as you see in the video above, and I can only imagine the incredible effort that went into his project.

For us it's mystery solved... finally. For Eric Staller, it's mission accomplished.

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