Updated: Apr 12, 2021
A puzzle that I think originated around 47-across. I'm an Orioles fan and loved this guy. I knew the team wouldn't sign him (the team isn't even trying to win at this juncture) and I still find myself rooting for him. Great player. I don't know if this started with me thinking of only athletes or just ended up that way. I do know I wanted to add MAYA MOORE to the grid but didn't want to put too much theme strain. This allowed me to have the 9-letter answers in the NE and SW. I do know that I'm going to repeat this theme with an all-female list of names, it just likely will not be sports figures.