Todd Frazier is still giving the thumbs down, this time with the guy who started the craze.
Frazier and Gary Dunaier, aka “Thumbs Down Guy,” finally met one another on Saturday at Steiner Sports in the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, a mere four months after his thumbs down disapproval of Frazier hitting a home run at Citi Field went viral and became a rallying cry for the Yankees.
Frazier was doing an autograph signing at the memorabilia store where Dunaier decided he would meet the third baseman who was partially responsible for his unexpected fame for the first time.
“It was great,” Dunaier said. “We chatted for a little, talked about the fate of everything and how it all worked out.”
Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier poses with “Thumbs Down Guy” Gary Dunaier during an autograph event inside Roosevelt Field Mall today.
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Frazier got up from his seat to hug Dunaier as he walked in, sporting his trademark suspenders, white beard and thick-framed glasses.
“It was good,” said Frazier. “He’s a nice guy, to finally meet him and he looks good, he’s playing the part off well. He looks like an upstanding gentleman and it was nice to finally meet him.”
Dunaier, 54, is a life-long Mets fan but has been embraced by Frazier and the Yankees fan base despite his disdainful thumbs down that went viral when Frazier blasted a home run at Citi Field in a game against the Rays, which was relocated due to Hurricane Irma.
Dunaier, a Queens resident was sitting in the second row behind the visitor’s dugout at Citi Field when a television camera caught him making the gesture after Todd Frazier’s homer against Tampa Bay.
Frazier is still a free agent and Dunaier could potentially be cheering for Frazier next season if the Mets try to sign the 31-year-old third baseman from Toms River, N.J.
Frazier, however, remained mum on that subject.
“I can’t really answer that one,” Frazier said. “At the end of the day he’s a really nice guy, good gentleman and it was a good surprise.”
Todd Frazier adopted the thumbs down gesture for the rest of the season for the Yanks.
Dunaier, a court office assistant in Queens, is trying to keep his 15 minutes of fame going. He has his own Topps baseball card and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is currently making a bobblehead of him.
Judging from the fan reaction at the Roosevelt Field Mall, many of whom were sporting thumbs down T-shirts, it does not appear to be over just yet.
Fans waiting on line to get Frazier’s autograph were also fleeing toward Dunaier, or “Mr. Thumbs Down Guy,” as one fan called him, to take a picture and give the thumbs down.
“Sports is entertainment,” Dunaier said. “I’m happy I can bring joy to fans. It doesn’t bother me that much. Maybe if the Mets were good and were in (the playoffs) it would have been different. The Yankees turned thumbs down into a good thing. It still means a bad thing for me.”