Alex Rodriguez sounded happy for LeBron James finally winning his championship with the Miami Heat.
In fact, A-Rod saw a parallel to when he finally won a championship with the Yankees in 2009, thinking it changed the perception of him.
That was the year he finally had a big postseason, batting .455 with two homers and six RBI in the ALDS against the Twins, then .429 with three homers and six RBI in the ALCS against the Angels, then .250 with three doubles, a homer and six RBI in the World Series against the Phillies.
“Being the villain is never fun,” Rodriguez said. “It’s tiring. I think for me everything changed in 2009. I had a chance to really just enjoy the game again. Sometimes when you’re struggling, you’ve still got love this great game.
“It doesn’t mean I’m going to be cast in the lead role in every Tom Hanks movie. But I think I’ve graduated from being the monster in every film.”