The Former Fling Gives Her Two Cents: A Stripper's Message to Cynthia Rodriguez

Candice Houlihan, a former Centerfolds stripper who had a one-night-stand on two occasions with Alex Rodriguez, is speaking out in support of the baller's estranged wife, Cynthia Rodriguez, saying C-Rod "did the right thing" by filing for divorce.

"A leopard doesn’t change his spots," Houlihan told the Boston Herald. "Good for her, I think she’s doing the smart thing. And she'll probably get tons of cash."

The one-time pole dancer says she met Rodriguez during a game at Fenway Park, when she had seats close to the dugout. When the Yankees came out to stretch, she and her girlfriends started "hootin' and hollerin'" at A-Rod.

"We were really bustin' his chops and he walked over to us and I thought he was going to yell at us," she said. "But he introduced himself, asked me who I was and if I wanted to meet up for drinks later. I was like 'Hell, yeah!' "

Houlihan and Alex met at a local bar, where he showed up after the game wearing his wedding band.

"It was killing me and I felt bad afterwards," she said. "I’m not a bad person. I know how it feels to be cheated on, it sucks. But a couple of drinks later, I didn’t notice all that much, to tell you the truth."

Houlihan said A-Rod had a couple of shots of tequila and a few Sex on the Beach cocktails, then they went back to A-Rod’s room at the Ritz-Carlton and had sex. But, she added, they also talked all night and seemed to hit it off.

"I told him I was a basketball player in high school and we talked a lot about that,” she said. “It’s a little weird because he was a really nice guy." The love connection only lasted a brief moment, because the next morning Houlihan said she and her girlfriends Googled A-Rod and she was shocked to find out that his wife Cynthia was pregnant with their first child. "We were all freaking out," she said.

That didn't stop Houlihan from hooking up with A-Rod again, when he came back to town for another game several months later. Candice met him and they had sex, although this time he didn’t let her stay the night.

"He said he had a big game the next day. I like to say I helped us win," she laughed. "I reversed the curse!"

Riiiight. And Madonna is gonna dump Guy Ritchie for A-Rod...