But just two days before the Stew Force One departs for JFK, I'm convinced that the New York media hype over this divorce is threatening — and eventually going to — swallow the All-Star Game whole.
In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if we showed up to Yankee Stadium for the Home Run Derby on Monday, only to see that both A-Rod's and Madonna's apartment building have been relocated to center field, just so all the paparazzi will be able to fit somewhere.
Sigh. Guh. Gag. Gack. Yech. Blech.
Anyway, if you're interested in such things — and if you are, you're probably also interested in Jamie Lynn's baby photos that are sending the wrong message to impressionable teenage girls everywhere — here's the latest development in NY's divorce of the summer.
Cynthia Rodriguez gave her first interview to Cindy Adams of the NY Post today and says the she and her family — "parents, uncles, aunts" — are devastated. The article starts out this way:
CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ loves her man.
Cynthia Rodriguez has no malice.
Cynthia Rodriguez spoke to me yesterday.
A-Rod's wife wants no publicity. She does not want to speak out. She wants only to hide from the army of paparazzi camped in front of her.
Perfectly understandable, as far as I'm concerned. Which is, of course, why she's talking to one of THE BIGGEST GOSSIP COLUMNISTS IN NYC. There's nothing wrong with tossing a steak to one dog and not the rest of the pack. No, not at all.
The shockingly named omg! -- which refers to A-Rod by his more formal name, Alexander -- runs down what Cynthia had to say upon returning from France, where she reportedly stayed with Lenny Kravitz:
"I did not spend one dollar shopping in Paris. I did not go to super-fancy expensive restaurants. I did not go to any spa. I didn't do one thing ... My husband and I were already into our problems and I didn't know where to go, what to do ... I spent the most innocent four days with my children's godparents, who are as close to us as family."
Like I said before: Wake me when that big settlement figure is announced.
Until then, I'll just hope they're still going to hold the All-Star Game next week.
- CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ