A-Rod claims to feel the championship-less pain that LeBron James experiences more than anyone else on the planet, and that’s why he’s rooting so hard for the Miami Heat star to break through and get that first ring. Per the Miami Herald: “The New York Yankees slugger said Wednesday that he can relate to the national vitriol James has had to endure since joining the Heat. Rodriguez, who has dealt with plenty of bad publicity through the years, said on ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show that it’s ‘not fun being the villain.’ ‘Sometimes I feel so bad for him,’ Rodriguez said. ‘I feel like I feel his pain more than anybody.’ Rodriguez said winning the World Series in 2009 helped his image, and he is hoping the same will happen for James. A friend of Heat owner Micky Arison and a Miami native, Rodriguez is pulling for the Heat to defeat the Thunder in the NBA Finals. ‘LeBron is definitely under the microscope,’ Rodriguez said. ‘He is going to be judged on whether he wins a championship. So, yeah, I’m really hoping he gets this one behind him, and I’m cheering for the Heat, but ’09 was a career changer for me.’”
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