New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon has been leading a double life with two families, according to a lawsuit filed by his alleged lover.
The durable starter, who's Major League Baseball's oldest player at 42, has frequently appeared at team and charity events with his wife, Rosanna, The New York Post reports. Colon and Rosanna met when he was only 13 years old in their native Dominican Republic and they have four sons together.
But according to documents from a Manhattan court cited by The Post, Colon was also seeing 38-year-old Alexandra Santos and has two elementary-school-age children with her.
Those documents show Santos wants Colon -- who earns $7 million annually from his current contract and has earned more than $100 million in his career -- to pay child support. Colon and Santos allegedly have a 7-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son together. Colon has never publicly acknowledged the kids.
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"Mr. Colon obviously is a very talented baseball player and he earns a significant income, and we believe that his children should share in the lifestyle they would have enjoyed had their parents remained together," Evan Schein, Santos' lawyer, told The Post.
The initial court documents were filed in 2015, and the case is listed as Anonymous vs Anonymous in court papers, but Colon inadvertently tied his name to the case when he "briefly" represented himself in the child support dispute, according to The Post. He also reportedly appeared in court on May 16 in relation to the child support case.
Rosanna, who has been married to Colon for 21 years, said she knew about her husband's affair and secret family but wouldn't go into detail.
“I can’t talk about that,” Rosanna told a Post reporter in Spanish. “This is personal and not something I want to talk about.”
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Colon -- who is in his 19th season as a MLB pitcher -- has been sharp this year, posting a 3-2 record with a respectable 3.53 ERA and 1.15 WHIP so far in the 2016 campaign.
Reactions on Twitter ranged from surprised to amused.
"I wish Bartolo Colon was my secret deadbeat dad," user Pete Blackburn tweeted on May 18.
Another user, Eric Stephen, had some fun at the pitcher's expense, mentioning the pitcher's first-ever home run, which he hit on May 7 during a game against the San Diego Padres.
"First Bartolo Colon got his home run," Stephen tweeted. "Now a double?"