The Rays attracted attention around the league for their groundbreaking “opener” strategy.
But when it comes to opening baseball cards, manager Kevin Cash is more of a traditionalist.
“The sets that I have, they still have the wrap on them; I don’t even open any of them now,” Cash tells Yahoo! Sports’ Mike Oz in a video segment recorded at baseball’s winter meetings. “It’s been a long time since I opened a pack of baseball cards.”
Cash used to go the flea market with his grandmother and his brother, where he’d find deals on cards such as Don Mattingly or Ken Griffey’s 1989 Upper Deck rookie card.
“Anything baseball memorabilia," Cash says, "I grew up and I would probably waste a lot of money going to little card shops and paying premium dollars for.”
Cash said he counts Cal Ripken Jr. and Pete Rose rookie cards among the best in his collection.
“I’ve got a lot,” Cash says. “I actually have a pretty impressive collection.”
Cash also has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the game, which he displays while opening a pack of 1987 Donruss baseball cards. Oz breaks open a pack of 2004 Topps baseball.
They include a number of players who are now coaches and others Cash once played alongside.
So, who did they get?