Steve Stone defends Tony La Russa — and shifts the blame to the production crew — for the Chicago White Sox manager apparently dozing off during a game

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?”