A.J. Pierzynski compares LBJ to A-Rod

Updated: June 15, 2011, 6:47 PM ET
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As Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski watched the LeBron James drama unfold after the NBA Finals, he couldn't but help think of a baseball equivalent.

pierzynski (LeBron James and Alex Rodriguez) are at the top of their sport, the best of the best, and they're under such a microscope every day that no matter what they did or how hard they tried to make things right, it seems like they always find a way to say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing. It's a shame, but that's the life they live.

-- A.J. Pierzynski

"It's kind of like what (New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez) ran into a while there," Pierzynski said Wednesday on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000. "It's almost like he was trying to do everything so right that it came out wrong.

"(James and Rodriguez) are at the top of their sport, the best of the best, and they're under such a microscope every day that no matter what they did or how hard they tried to make things right, it seems like they always find a way to say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing. It's a shame, but that's the life they live."

After James' Miami Heat were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 on Sunday, James was asked about the people who rooted against him. He said those people would have to wake up the next day with the same problems they had before Miami lost, and he would go on enjoying the life he had built for himself.

James clarified the remarks on Tuesday to say he wasn't implying that he was better than anyone.

"I woke up the next day rooting against him, and I still have the same life, so it worked out great for me," Pierzynski said. "He got himself into a position of such scrutiny and -- I don't know if pressure is the right word -- it seems he means well and wants to do all the right things and say all the right things, and sometimes it doesn't come out right."

Before Tuesday's game, Rodriguez talked to the New York Post about the pressure of winning a championship and the need to remember James is just 26 years old, and is a talent to be celebrated.

"I'm sure LeBron will win a title, and everyone will forget about this," Pierzynski said. "But with all the stuff that went into this (Heat) team, and all the drama that followed it, for them to lose and lose the way they did with the coughing [in an apparent mocking of Dirk Nowitzki's cold] and all that was just not good timing on their parts."

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