Main Entry: pa·thet·ic
Etymology: Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French pathetique, from Late Latin patheticus, from Greek pathētikos capable of feeling, pathetic, from paschein (aor. pathein) to experience, suffer — more at pathos
1 : having a capacity to move one to either compassionate or contemptuous pity
2 : marked by sorrow or melancholy : sad
3 : pitifully inferior or inadequate [the restaurant's pathetic service]
4 : absurd, laughable [a pathetic costume]
5 : the way the New York Yankees played the Washington Nationals during the games of June 16, 17, and 18 in 2009.
You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? The Yankees in their last 14 games where they’ve gone 6-8 and should have gone 4-10 if not for gifts from Willy Aybar and Luis Castillo.
Joe Girardi must feel like he’s wet nurse to an overpaid, dead-to-the-neck-up ball club, and he’s choking to death.