The Earth is flat and up is down. The Seattle Mariners are in first place and the Portland Trail Blazers look like a playoff team.
The first two facts may not be true, but the last two are, at least for now.
Let’s start with the Mariners. Yes, they really are in first place in the American League West. And though it won’t last, it at least gives fans something to feel hopeful about, which is more than can be said most of the time around here. As has been duly noted, the Mariners haven’t made the post-season in twenty years, so even a kernel of positivity
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