NOCEL = CLONE
WROFN = FROWN
YEILSA = EASILY
RREEGM = MERGER
FOR THE STRUGGLING STARTING PITCHER, BEING REPLACED WAS A – – –
CLE FOW EIL MEER = WELCOME RELIEF
Good Morning Everyone! ⚾️ SAVE-TY IN NUMBERS⚾️
🎶And now we’re standing FACE to FACE ...Isn’t this world a crazy place? Just when I thought our chance had passed...You go and SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST…🎶 “Save The Best For Last” – Vanessa Williams 1991
⚾️ I think a Baseball Manager would love to CLONE his men,
You get those Pitchers with strong arms…you get security then…
You never FROWN on Closers, without them where’d we be?
But get a Bullpen with them both? You’re winning EASILY…
Imagine if a MERGER? You take the best of both…
And build yourself a Super Star? Boy then you’d really gloat…
Until that day though…here’s the key to keep a game from grief,
Know when to pull your Starter…and bring in WELCOME RELIEF! ⚾️
I feel like I’m being thrown a CURVE BALL, because I’m really finding it a little hard to believe, but could it be possible that we’ve never seen CLONE or MERGER in our puzzles before? And I’m pretty sure I’ve FOLLOWED THROUGH and COVERED all the BASES too…I really searched. Emerge is RUNNING rampant, and we’ve had MERGER as a puzzle answer way back on August 13th, 2011…but Merger as an anagram? Nope, I STRUCK OUT. And CLONE? How familiar does that sound? IDK, maybe it’s just me…maybe I PLAY around with these words so much that it’s all STARTING to blur…Anyway, EASILY was in PLAY on 03/25/18, and FROWN, the OLD TIMER, STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE in 2012 and 2015. And while the Early Birds didn’t find themselves PULLING back on any of our words, there was the slightest bit of a BALK at FROWN…Ok…Now LET’S PLAY BALL!!
Today we find ourselves standing at the PITCHER’S Mound, on a Baseball Field somewhere in America…and our puzzle’s dealing with Major League Baseball Pitchers…The Starters, and the RELIEVERS. For those not familiar with the Sport, a RELIEF PITCHER basically is brought into the game when the Starting Pitcher needs to be REPLACED…or RELIEVED. He can be a CLOSER. He can come in to SAVE the game, and close it out. And most times, it’s a RELIEF to see him brought in, because often at this point in a game, the team is most likely in a bit of a bind. Not always, but for the most part. And seeing that man WALK out onto the FIELD is quite often…A WELCOME RELIEF! Way to go, David! You’ve HIT another one OUT OF THE PARK!
Ok, eye candy. The background shows a SERIES of small arcs, representing fans in the stands. Each of the men, DECKed out in light blue Jerseys, with navy caps and pants, has the “look” of a “real” person, suggesting they were purposely drawn in someones’ image. The Pitchers’ Plate, or Rubber is visible on the Mound. We see our struggling Starter, a SOUTHPAW, looking a little rattled but smiling, RELIEVED to give up the Ball, with our Manager telling him to HIT the shower, as he reassuringly pats him on the shoulder. Lines of motion can be seen. (But the Starter wouldn’t be handing the ball over to his Replacement, he’d be giving the ball to the Manager). We see our Reliever, whose distinctive mustache is putting me in mind of Goose Gossage. And then…we see the little details, the DIAMONDS, so to speak. In gold. The printed “J” on the caps. The somewhat cursive “J” (strangely reminiscent of the old Expos logo font), on the Jerseys, with the center circle being a Baseball. But the HOME RUN here? If you look real CLOSEly at the Patch on the Relievers’ sleeve? It reads “65th Anniversary“. We’re at a JUMBLES GAME, Folks…and the Patch represents 65 years of Jumble PLAY! Congratulations, Guys, and nice details, Jeff. So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And always keep in mind…One must never HIT the UMP…Because, you know…The Umpire STRIKES Back….⚾️🙋🏻