Steve Stone is apparently not a fan of the cameraman and production crew who showed Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa apparently dozing off 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 fight sleep during the first inning of Monday’s NBC Sports Chicago broadcast of the Sox-Kansas City Royals. game at Guaranteed Rate Field.
“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,” Stone, 75, said. “I think, first of all, that was definitely a mistake, probably a mistake that will not be repeated, not by Tony but by the people who actually aired it.
“And I also think you can probably spend time with a camera in a lot of major league dugouts and you can find a guy who will close his eyes. It doesn’t mean he’s going to fall asleep. It just means he’s going to close his eyes. So that’s how it works. “
On Wednesday, 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 be sleeping.
“When you saw the picture of Tony La Russa fighting sleep in the dugout the other night … from your perspective, is that something that management is talking to Tony about?” David Haugh, a former Tribune reporter and columnist, asked. “Is that something you think management needs to address?”
Guillén replied: “Everybody in Chicago baseball should know how big 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. … Listen, we’re in the middle of a pennant and you (don’t) fall asleep, the players look at you in the dugout, look at your reactions and your stuff, people (laugh) or like, what the hell.”
La Russa, 77, a Hall of Famer, has drawn criticism as the Sox — who opened the season with World Series aspirations — have struggled to stay above .500 but remain in the hunt in the American League Central. They lost to the Rangers 3-2 on Thursday in Arlington, Texas, remaining two games behind the first place Minnesota Twins and a game behind the Cleveland Guardians.
Stone was a Cubs TV analyst on WGN-9 from 1983-2004. After an acrimonious split with the North Siders, he joined the Sox radio booth in 2008 and moved to the television side the next year, pairing up with Hall of Famer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. Stone has been a Sox mainstay 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.