A-Rod: I feel LeBron's pain

Alex Rodriguez went on ESPN New YorK 98.7's "The Michael Kay Show" and said he knows how LeBron James feels as he tries to win his first championship.

Listen to the complete interview:

Play Download"Sometimes I feel so bad for him," Rodriguez said. "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."

What is like to be the center of attention?

"I tell you this Michael, it is not fun being the villain," Rodriguez said. "It [stinks.] Pre-'09, I felt I was the villain all the time."

Post-'09, A-Rod said he is treated great everywhere he goes -- home and away.

A-Rod made similar comments in a column Ian O'Connor wrote during last year's spring training. You can read it here.