Sports Scene with Bill King and Bob Bell

Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 1:00am

Bob: Hello, everyone. We've got some news about our weekly column here, but first let's talk sports. Well, Bill, I'll have to admit I was looking forward to the beginning of baseball season. After watching the first two minutes of the XFL, I couldn't wait for the boys of summer to get it on. I thought at last there seemed to be no major labor troubles in the game, and this would be the summer we could just sit back and watch some good baseball on the field.

But then along comes Frank Thomas of the White Sox, Gary Sheffield of the Dodgers and Sammy Sosa of the Cubs. It seems these fine gentlemen are getting no respect, not making enough money. All have reluctantly reported to camp, but they're all still very, very unhappy.

Of course, it all goes back to the "ARod Contract," and I might add, the contract of Manny Ramirez.

ARod will make $25 million, and Manny will make $20 million to play baseball this year. I've always been for the players, believing if the owners are willing to pay that money, so be it. But let's face it: There's no player on the planet that's worth even close to that.

Of course, the fans will be paying for this

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