When it comes to being a lightning rod for satire and admiration — often simultaneously — perhaps only one man says he can understand what it’s like to be LeBron James.
“Sometimes I feel so bad for him,” New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN Radio in New York. “I feel like I feel his pain more than anybody. LeBron is definitely under the microscope. 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.”
A-Rod has found himself in the spotlight for, among other things, posing shirtless in Central Park, being fed popcorn by then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz during a Super Bowl, and, perhaps, hanging a portrait of himself as a centaur over his bed.
A-Rod knows the difference that can make. Until the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, “I felt I was the villain all the time.”