The pitcher for the Mets had just thrown the final strikeout against the Nationals and, miming he was reeling in a fish, nonverbally boasted to the crowd that he "got one." It was poor sportsmanship, and his action did not accurately reflect what was going between the teams. The Nats won 13 of the 16 games against the Mets this season. In context, one win in is hardly landing the big fish.
After his display of arrogance, the camera panned to the annoyed faces in the Nat's dugout. You got the feeling they were spoiling for a fight but they stayed put. Their attitude was summed up by their shortstop, Ian Desmond, who said, "If you don't like it, play better." The next night they did, winning 10 - 2.
It's human nature to react: rush out of the dugout and start swinging, complain over lunch, or write a nasty email. Get on any elevator in an office building and you have a pretty good chance of overhearing someone complaining about the enterprise. Sometimes they are annoyed at a person who is behaving like that pitcher, and other times it's just the politics of the workplace. There are SO many things that frustrate and defeat us -- and often not much we can do about it in the short run.
It's harder, but much smarter, to play better. Go back to practice, work harder, up your game, collaborate with your teammates, and get out there and win. Living well, the National's clinched their division last Tuesday, is the best revenge.
Focus on your own game, because that's where you can make the change.