Deion Sanders showed up at the Cincinnati Reds training camp wearing his usual assortment of earrings, gold chains and glittering watch.

The only thing missing was his Super Bowl ring, which he earned as a San Francisco 49ers cornerback. The rings haven't been distributed.Nevertheless, spending a season with a championship organization left an impression on him.

"Their commitment to winning is second to none," he said. "They don't play to compete. They play to win it all."

While baseball remained bogged down in labor problems, Sanders helped the 49ers win the Super Bowl in January. He also had time to cut a rap album, go on a concert tour and host "Saturday Night Live" in February, appearing in a skit that satirized baseball players' extravagant lifestyles.

"Now I'm going to go to the World Series to top it all off," Sanders said. "This is a fairy tale now I'm living."

He said he didn't pay close attention to developments in the baseball strike.

"All that day-to-day stuff would drive you crazy," he said. "It's worse than the O.J. Simpson trial, the day-to-day strike update. I'm just having a good time. I didn't get involved in the technical side of it."

But he said he's glad to be back in baseball and isn't anxious about his free-agent status in football.

"Football is the last thing on my mind," Sanders said.

He had plenty of laughs Thursday after arriving at camp in his custom-made, black Lamborghini Diablo.

Sanders changed slowly, peeling off his 49ers' Super Bowl T-shirt and replacing it with one bearing his own likeness. Finally, a delegation of players led by Barry Larkin dragged Sanders toward an outdoor batting cage.

Aware of Sanders' approach from the sudden clicking of cameras, second baseman Bret Boone announced: "Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States."

Photographers crowded around the cage as Sanders took cuts with his Reds cap on backward.

At one point, three straight cuts were called triples.

"You can tell," infielder Lenny Harris said, "who's got cages at their house."

Sanders, a center fielder, came to the Reds last season in a trade that sent Roberto Kelly to Atlanta. He's entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.25 million and a $1 million bonus for playing the entire season - an enticement to put his football career on hold until baseball ends for the year.