As sweet introductions go, the Mariners' home opener Thursday was right up there with chocolate meeting peanut butter. Either that, or it's a step-back season for the world champion Boston Red Sox.
A team with zero expectations met a team with every expectation. So, of course, the Mariners won 12-4 (box) while blasting Chris Sale, one of the game's best pitchers. Big deals are not supposed to be made of such early anomalies. But since it happened during the home opener, caution and restraint are legally set aside for giddiness and whimsy.