Reporting later on that "Mrs. Rodriguez jets off to Paris to seek comfort in the arms of celebrated rock guitarist Lenny Kravitz", Joe Palladino's real concern is the idea that there is something "inherently debilitating about being able to hit a baseball a long way". Because getting Madonna, or wanting Madonna, when A-Rod could be out getting the young hotties is wrong. In fact, it is so wrong that it is comparable to Babe Ruth's and Mickey Mantle's alcoholism -and Ted Williams' tendency to spit at fans. Yikes.
And instead of focusing the attention where it should be, that being on a bunch of grown ups playing Musical Spouses (with Guy Ritchie apparently being the poor schmuck without a new partner) in the public eye before any of their divorces are finalized, the media is focusing on the age question. And it is sexist, along with ridiculous, for commentators and sports reporters to cheer Jeter on while he blows through those "Brazilian models" and then scoff at A-Rod for dating -or possibly dating, at this point- someone "old enough to be his mother"; or according to one paper, his grandmother. I wouldn't trust their math.
And, of course, Madonna's old troupe of known paramours is paraded out, as an example of... ...something. How old she is? How unclean she is? Ignoring the fact that we've celebrated guys like Hugh Hefner for years, and that guys are considered studs for dating (and sleeping with) a lot of women, is par for the course. Because she's a woman (by the way, pick up Jessica Valenti's He's a Stud, She's a Slut...; I haven't read it yet, but I really enjoyed Full Frontal Feminism). And because women are held to different standards. So instead of cheering Madonna on in the same way they do Derek Jeter ("Go you! You've got a young one!") or congratulating A-Rod on dating someone who is still putting youngsters to shame with her toned abs and mad musical skillz or, hell, just criticizing them both for reneging on their marriage vows and ignoring that they've both got kids at home, A-Rod is criticized for not cheating on his wife with a younger woman. And Madonna is, as usual, made out to be some she-devil.