A tip of the fitted cap to FOBB&Bs Jeremy Horwitz and Tyler Hinman, who wrote yesterday's appropriately baseball-themed New York Times crossword puzzle. It was Opening Day in the major leagues.
Like every good religion, superhero and fetus, this puzzle has an interesting origin story, well told by Jason Turbow of the NYT (spoiler warning: don't read the article if you still plan to solve the puzzle):
Meet 30-Down: A Giants Closer and a Beach Boys Vocalist
Since you'll get there via the above link, I don't think this will count against your 20 free NYT articles per month — here's a way around the paywall, BTW — but even if it does, it's worth it.