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A-Rod comfortable in his own skin

Learned lessons in big leagues the hard way

Updated: August 2, 2009, 12:04 AM ET
By Bruce Levine

Listen to highlights of Bruce's interview with A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez and I have been friendly since he came to the Major Leagues in 1994. The one thing that he always strived for was perfection when it came to the game itself and his image. All of that came crashing down when he admitted using steroids in an exclusive interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons last winter.

I asked Rodriguez about trying to be too perfect, too mechanical in the past.

"First of all, I agree with your assessment ...

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