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Steve Stone apparently isn’t a fan of the cameraman and production crew who showed Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa seemingly 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 off 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 near-dozing,” Score co-host Danny Parkins said. “Have you ever seen a manager fall asleep in the dugout before?”

“Yes,” Stone, 75, said. “I think, first of all, that was undoubtedly a mistake, probably a mistake that’s not going to be repeated, not on the part of Tony but on the part of the people who actually put it on the air.

“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 that will close his eyes. Doesn’t mean he’s falling asleep. It just means he’ll close his eyes. So that’s kind of the way that works.”

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

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

Answered Guillén: “Everyone in Chicago baseball should know how big of a fan I am of Tony’s. Huge. I don’t know exactly what to think or say because I don’t want to protect him because everybody sees it. … Listen, we’re in the middle of a pennant race and you (don’t) fall asleep, the players are looking at you in the dugout, look at your reactions and your stuff, people (are) laughing 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 TV side the next year, pairing 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.


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Wisconsin Republican Strategy Against Gov Evers: Focus on His Choices

by Benjamin Yount


Republicans in Wisconsin are offering a glimpse at their strategy for this fall’s campaign against Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Wednesday said Evers will be tough to beat in November because he hasn’t screwed-up in years.

“I think the contrast is challenging because he does nothing, and he hasn’t made a lot of enemies,” Vos said during an interview with WISN Radio’s Jay Weber. “But people need to remember he had choices to make during COVID, and he made the wrong ones. He had choices to make in Kenosha, and he made the wrong ones. He had choices to make about how we deal with our welfare system, and he made every single one incorrectly.”

Vos said if voters in Wisconsin don’t think there are any problems in Wisconsin, then Gov. Evers is their man. But he said he doesn’t think that’s the case.

For his part, Gov. Evers has spent the days since Election Day painting Vos, Republicans, and newly minted Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels as extremists and Trump-devotees.

“Tim Michels is a danger to our democracy and to all the progress that we’ve made in the past 3.5 years. We won’t let Michels’ radical plans turn back the clock now,” the governor said in a fundraiser push on Twitter.

Michels on Thursday said if Evers is going to try and paint him as a Trump-extremist, he’s going to tie Evers to President Biden.

“I think we’re going to paint him as a Joe Biden extremist,” Michels explained. “Donald Trump was a successful businessman. Donald Trump was tough. Some people didn’t like his style, I am my own man and don’t have that style. But I’d gladly compare Joe Biden to Donald Trump.”

The Marquette Law School Poll from June did not measure Trump’s popularity, but it did measure Biden’s and Evers’.

The poll said just 40% of voters in Wisconsin thought President Biden was doing a good job, compared to 57% who did not.

Gov. Evers was slightly better, with a 48% job approval rate and a 45% disapproval rate.

A new Marquette Poll on the candidates is due out next week.

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Benjamin Yount is a contributor to The Center Square. 
Photo “Tony Evers” by Governor Tony Evers.


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