I've tried to make up for any angst that yesterday's puzzle may have caused by adding some bling to the solution explanation. So here it is- the solution methodology divulged and the magical, hopeful message revealed (sorry if YouTube resolution is a little fuzzy):
Platinum star goes to puzzle-master Quadsevens, who, to my knowledge, is the only one to figure it out - though getting there seemed to be something of a group effort. He nailed it after the 4th (and somewhat redundant) hint.
Hope you enjoyed. Until the Dodgers' next off-day June 16, keep those pencils - and neurons - sharpened!