PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Kevin Cash had been thinking about the walk for some time. "What will it be like?" he kept asking himself. "That's when it will hit me."
A half-hour before the first pitch Thursday afternoon, Cash walked out of the Tampa Bay Rays' clubhouse in right field and started the 100-yard jaunt to the dugout. Charlotte Sports Park on the sunny day was beginning to fill, and for the young manager, this was more than a walk to his "office." He was walking to begin a new career.
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