The future was not always obvious to Richie Sexson. At Prairie High in Brush Prairie, Wash., he was all-state in baseball, football and basketball. He considered a hoops career. "Then I played in a summer league game in L.A.," he says. " Chris Webber and Jason Kidd were there, and I was exposed for what I was: a 6'6", 175-pound geek." Now, after filling in for injured first baseman Jim Thome last season and smashing II home runs in 174 at bats, Sexson, 24, has a good shot at becoming Cleveland's DH. "How many kids grow up wanting to be a big leaguer?" he asks. "There's Dave Justice and Doc Gooden—guys I worshiped as a kid. Now I'm part of the team."