Aren’t’ familiar with the ‘jing-a-ling?’
During the Renaissance Era — roughly the 1300’s — people died and were buried when they weren’t really dead.
They looked dead. They felt dead. But they weren’t dead.
This was discovered after a few coffins were dug up and inside the lid of the coffin scratch marks were seen — where the deceased — or thought to be the deceased — tried to get out.
It’s why wakes were named wakes, to see if the dead would, “wake up.”
So, the smart folks of the Renaissance started putting string down through the dirt and through the lid of the coffin and attached it to the stiff’s hand. At the other end, above ground, the string was attached to a bell positioned onto a post.
If the deceased woke, resting in the pine box, he/she would jerk the string and the bell would ring above ground, signaling a problem six feet under.
Thus the saying, “saved by the bell.”
Graveyards actually employed people to sit in trees in the cemetery listening for the ‘jing-a-lings.’ It’s where the term, “grave yard shift,” came from — meaning you worked through the night listening for the bells.
This is all true. Would I kid you?
So it seems, every time the Phillies look dead and buried, we hear the ‘jing-a-ling.”
Like last night in Atlanta. Papelbon entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with a one run lead — the Piece went yard in the second — and blew the save. But here’s the thing about Pap.
He came into the game last night with a 0.36 ERA, with 15 saves since his last blown save back in the second game of the season. He’s allowed just 13 hits, one earned run, seven walks, and had struck out 21 in 25 innings since that second game against Texas.
This all came after Cole Hamels pitched a beauty through seven, and Diekman held court in the 8th.
I thought the Phillies were dead last night when Pap blew the save.
Then ‘jing-a-ling, a ling.’
The Phillies scored 5 runs in the 13th — working the graveyard shift.
By morning, just when the choking, cancer causing fumes began to rise from the Sunoco refineries, and traffic was backing up all over — the bell rang again; this time the bell said the Phillies are just five and a half games behind first place Atlanta.
‘Jing-a-ling, a ling.’
I keep telling you and you keep not listening — this team has too many good players and it will hang around in a weak division, then sneak by you in late August, early September.
And you’ll never hear the bell!