Steve Stone defends Tony La Russa

Steve Stone is apparently not a fan of the cameraman and production crew who showed Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa apparently dozing in the dugout during the first inning of a game earlier this week.

Stone, the longtime Sox analyst, appeared Thursday on the ‘Parkins and Spiegel Show’ on WSCR-AM 670 and was asked about La Russa appearing to struggle with sleep during Monday’s first run of the show. NBC Sports Chicago Sox-Kansas City Royals game at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“It’s not that Tony officially fell asleep, but it looked like he was almost dozing off,” Score co-host Danny Parkins said. “Have you ever seen a manager fall asleep in the dugout?”

“Yes,” said Stone, 75. “I think, first of all, it was definitely a mistake, probably a mistake that won’t be repeated, not on Tony’s part but on the people who actually put it out there.

“And I also think you can probably hang out with a camera in a lot of major league dugouts and you can find a guy who will get a blind eye. That doesn’t mean he’s falling asleep. It just means he’ll close his eyes. So that’s kind of how it works.

Former Sox shortstop and 2005 World Series-winning manager Ozzie Guillén was asked on the “Mully and Haugh Show” on WSCR about La Russa appearing to doze off on Wednesday.

“When you saw the image of Tony La Russa fighting sleep in the dugout the other night…from your perspective, is that something management talks to Tony about?” David Haugh, a former Tribune reporter and columnist, asked. “Is this something that management needs to fix in your opinion? »

Guillén replied, “Everyone in Chicago baseball should know how much of a fan I am of Tony. Huge. I don’t know exactly what to think or say because I don’t want to protect him because everyone sees it. …Look, we’re in the middle of a pennant race and you (don’t) fall asleep (not), players watch you in the dugout, watch your reactions and your stuff, people (laugh or love, what the hell.”

La Russa, 77, a Hall of Famer, drew criticism as the Sox – who opened the season with World Series aspirations – struggled to stay above .500 but remain on the hunt in the American League Central. They lost to the Rangers 3-2 Thursday in Arlington, Texas, remaining two games behind the Minnesota Twins and one game behind the Cleveland Guardians.

Stone was a Cubs TV analyst on WGN-9 from 1983 to 2004. After an acrimonious split with the North Siders, he joined the Sox’s radio booth in 2008 and moved to the television side the following year. associating with Hall of Famer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. Stone has been a mainstay for the Sox ever since.

Stone played for the Cubs and White Sox during his 11-year major league career and won an American League Cy Young Award with the Baltimore Orioles in 1980.

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