Gary Dunaier, a 54-year-old native of Queens and a Mets season ticker holder, received a lot of notoriety this week after flashing a thumbs down gesture following a Todd Frazier three-run home run in a Yankees game against the Rays at Citi Field this past week.
"So just (in the) spur of the moment I came up with (the) idea of just standing up and making the thumbs-down gesture," Dunaier, a court office assistant at Manhattan Criminal Court, said to the Daily News.
"A simple little thumbs down and all of a sudden it's become so popular," he said. "It's like a meme."
The Yankees have recently used the thumbs down gesture as part of their celebrations following Frazier's hits.
Dunaier's thumbs down gesture was captured by YES Network cameras, as he was sitting a couple rows behind home plate. His colleagues at the courthouse are now labeling him as a "star."
"They were congratulating me. They were telling me I'm a star and everything."