“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious to see what kind of reaction I’d get from fans at Yankee Stadium as they saw me walking around the place,” Gary Dunaier, a diehard Mets fans whose gesture exploded on the Internet before becoming a rally symbol for the Yankees, said in email.
Dunaier feels he’s become an “unofficial mascot for the team.”
“I’ve gone to some Mets games since becoming Thumbs Down Guy, and a lot of people wanted to get their picture taken with me. (Yes, with the thumbs down and the stone face.),” Dunaier said in the email. “So if I’ve become a kind of unofficial mascot for the team, as it were — and I have to think that I have, because I know the Yankees have put my picture up on the scoreboard at relevant times — I can only imagine the reaction I’d get at Yankee Stadium.”
Dunaier added that he’d be open to considering an offer to the game from a different source, perhaps a fan, too.
Dunaier achieved a level of fame — and the Yankees found a new way to bond — when the Queens native and Mets season ticket holder flashed Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier a thumbs down when Frazier rounded the bases following a home run against the Rays at Citi Field on Sept. 11.
The Yankees and Rays were playing in Flushing because Hurricane Irma forced the Rays away from Tropicana Field.
Dunaier said he did it because simply booing Frazier would have been drowned out by the gaggle of Yankees fans around him.
A YES Network camera picked up Dunaier and it became a hot topic on Twitter, likely because of his stoic face and the unusualness of the move.
It also became huge with the Yankees, who often celebrate by giving each other a thumbs down. Check this out:
Thumbs down for the clinch![?] [?] [?] [?] [?] pic.twitter.com/2DupUkGoKk
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 23, 2017
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