Cynthia Flew in 9th Month for A-Rod | Oprah’s 'Cousin'; A New 'Discovery'?; Music — Lots of It

Cynthia Flew in 9th Month for A-Rod

Forget all this talk of Alex Rodriguez’s wife, Cynthia, now known as C-Rod, not being there for her man.

A heavily pregnant Cynthia flew to New York to be at Yankee Stadium on opening day in the Bronx back on April 1. I know because I sat just a few seats away from her.

Everyone around us commented on C-Rod’s pregnancy, and the fact that she was standing by her man despite everything he’d done to her in the previous season.

Twenty days later she gave birth to their second child, a daughter, in Miami on April 21, 2008.

This means that C-Rod flew in her ninth month from New York to Miami, which doctors generally discourage. She braved rain on the Yankees’ failed home opener on March 31, and then returned the next day to give Alex a proper send-off.

Or was she simply marking her territory? From all the timelines we’ve put together, third baseman Rodriguez had already attended Madonna's big fundraiser for the Kabbalah Center’s incursion into Malawi on Feb. 6.

And Rodriguez, as I revealed on Monday, had already sublet a luxury condo in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Columbus Circle sometime during the winter — even though he and C-Rod have a swanky pad on Fifth Avenue.

Let no anonymous supporters of A-Rod depict his wife as an absentee lover who didn’t hang in there for her husband. Coming to that New York home opener was significant in her condition. That may have also been the last time she saw her husband before she gave birth.

And one asks: How is it that A-Rod missed the birth by 10 minutes? He certainly must have known at least a day in advance that the baby was on its way. Perhaps he was just preoccupied.

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