Last night, Jack White took his performing to new heights with a great emotional showing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. White was there to support his new LP, Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, which was also released yesterday. Naturally, as the album picked out highlights of White’s acoustic career, the guitarist appeared on stage by himself, equipped with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a microphone.The performance was something of a rarity, as White has been on a hiatus from touring since April of 2015. Interestingly enough, the last five shows that White did play on his tour were all acoustic performances, though he was supported by other band members for those sets. The only other time White has been seen live was with The Dead Weather, playing drums for a one-song, one-off performance on the Colbert show. Watch that here.For the performance on Fallon, White played a medley of two White Stripes hits, “Love Is The Truth” and “You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket.” Watch the full video, courtesy of NBC, below.
Several days, all right, all the way into October, where the National League Division Series awaits along with the Washington Nationals, who are the real rivals now, even if Dodgers fans would still love to kick Madison right in the Bumgarner.The Dodgers and Nationals are on a collision course that, at the moment, appears as inevitable, although not nearly as emotional, as saying goodbye to Vin Scully.The Nationals lowered their magic number to two Wednesday with a victory in Miami, while the Dodgers continued to try to push the Giants into NL West oblivion.In terms of head-to-head competition, the Dodgers beat the Nationals five times in six meetings this summer, which is certainly encouraging news for Dodgers fans.Before defeating the Marlins, Washington had lost four in a row. The Nationals are also missing Stephen Strasburg, who is on the disabled list with no indication if he’ll pitch again this season.Two of Washington’s key everyday players also are hurting with injuries that might or might not be serious and might or might not actually exist. Daniel Murphy, who hit three homers last October to help the Mets eliminate the Dodgers in the NLDS, is out with some sort of mysterious leg ailment.Manager Dusty Baker initially identified the problem as a pain in Murphy’s “buttocks.” Since then, however, Baker has been reluctant to specify the area in which Murphy is feeling discomfort.“Our trainers are still working on it,” he said recently, before adding, and I’m assuming here, with a straight face, “They’re trying to get to the bottom of it.”The other National whose health is in question is Bryce Harper. Sports Illustrated is among the outlets certain Harper has a shoulder problem, while Washington is convinced he’s fine.Either way, since the All-Star break, Harper is hitting .216 with five home runs, and I’m pretty sure SI is doing a better job at telling the truth.The Dodgers, meanwhile, did the almost unthinkable Wednesday, knocking out San Francisco starting pitcher Matt Moore in the second inning.Moore, in case you’re not aware, throws with his left hand, the same hand with which pitchers have perplexed the Dodgers all season.The team that had batted .210 against lefties entering this game, hit .778 (7 for 9) off Moore, meaning maybe anything’s possible moving forward.Not that the Dodgers are concerned about the future yet. They’re too busy following the lead of their patient manager and hyper-focusing on the right now.Good for them. That’s wise.Personally, though, as a detached observer, it’s never too early to jump negligently ahead.In a world where 2-0 baseball games can last 3:36, it’s smarter sometimes to stay outside the moment. In other words, there’s a lot of fluidity with the Dodgers, in the same manner that there’s a lot of fluidity with the Pacific Ocean.This reality is based on the out-of-town scoreboard, the team’s proximity to clinching the National League West and the condition of a myriad of blisters on a myriad of pitching fingers.But as much as this time of the season can be exacting, it also can be distracting, the temptation to peek ahead never greater in a sport that frowns on looking beyond the next pitch.“As a player, I’ve been there and it’s tough,” Roberts said. “But that’s where you have to be as an organization.”So, even if the Dodgers are unable to contemplate the future, at least publicly, that doesn’t prohibit the rest of us from recklessly dismissing the Giants and the final 10 games of the regular season and taking it several days at a time. LOS ANGELES >> They had a ninth-inning win Monday followed by a doze-off loss Tuesday, the Dodgers impossibly requiring 3 hours, 36 minutes to drop a nine-inning game in which only two runs were scored.But that’s what can happen when you pay attention to the minutes and the minutia, Dave Roberts managing these nights with the exactness of an obsessive neurosurgeon.“We’re so hyper-focused on each day,” he explained Wednesday, “and winning baseball games.”Before the series finale against San Francisco, Roberts responded to a variety of questions with insight, such as “Nothing’s set;” “We’re sifting through options;” and “I think that’s kind of where we’re at right now.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error