Baseball: The Garter on the Sox

A baseball fan would imagine that any manager who had 1) never been fired, 2) finished no worse than second in 14 out of his 17 years on the job, and 3) just signed a two-year $40,000-a-year contract would be a contented man. Not the Chicago White Sox's Alfonso Ramon Lopez, 56. "I am," sighs Manager Lopez, "a sufferer." A chronic stomach problem keeps him from eating raw fruits and vegetables, and forces him to drink milk (which he detests) during White Sox losing streaks.

Insomnia keeps him pacing the floor un til...

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