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The Giants may have lost to the Cubs last night, but the real win of the evening was off the field in McCovey Cove, where a few creative fans found a new way to watch the game: inflatable swan.
The swan shenanigans began in the grassy area behind Oracle Park, where four fans inflated the mega-sized pool float. In a video posted on Twitter by NBC Sports, the men can be seen hauling the big, blow-up bird toward the water, carrying it over the ragged rocks that line the cove. Announcers Kruk and Kuip provided play-by-play of the event to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” quipping, “If that deflates, I’ll be deflated.”
The first (and last?) inflatable swan experiment at McCovey Cove 😂 pic.twitter.com/c6OnxnTAPE
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 25, 2019
Once the bird, which some have dubbed Rally Swan, landed in the water, the fans proceeded to stuff the fowl with precious cargo: a red cooler, a case of beer, and what looks like a bottle of Hennessy.
Despite being well-stocked, the fans were only apparently able to sail the waters for a short while.
Reports are conflicting as to the reason behind the curtailed ride. Although kayaks, canoes, and rafts are allowed in McCovey Cove and fans do lounge in the waters — sometimes in the hopes of catching a home run — one user on Twitter reported that the fans were told to get out of the cove by San Francisco police on a boat. Others say that a leak ended the swan’s fateful voyage.
It was told to get out of the water.
Not enough life jackets for starters 👍👉☝️ pic.twitter.com/8xaZE7nLoe
— SFGiantsGMan (@SFGIANTSGMAN) July 25, 2019
Whether stopped by law enforcement or the laws of gravity, one thing is certain: The swan float was a hilarious hit among fans.
“I think Tchaikovsky would approve,” wrote a fan.
Nikki Tran is an SFGATE intern. Email: email@example.com
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