Gary Dunaier, famously known as the "Thumbs Down Guy," couldn't be any happier that Todd Frazier has signed with the Mets.
Dunaier's thumbs down to a home run that Frazier hit during a Yankees-Rays game at Citi Field last year became the iconic gesture for the Yankees the rest of the season thanks to the third baseman. But, after signing a two-year, $17 million deal to switch boroughs, Dunaier hopes that Frazier's leadership can spark something in the Mets' clubhouse.
"As a Mets season ticket holder, it is my sincere hope that Todd Frazier can help inspire his new teammates in the clubhouse, and do his part on the field, to help the Mets reach the World Series and earn manager Mickey Callaway a return trip to Cleveland as the manager of the National League All-Stars in 2019," Dunaier told NY Daily News in an e-mail.
At least one Mets player is embracing the "Thumbs Down" movement, as RHP Noah Syndergaard tweeted to his account a thumbs down emoji after learning of Frazier's signing.
👎- Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) February 6, 2018
Dunaier and Frazier met each other during an autograph signing a few weeks back.
"It was great," Dunaier said of the meeting. "We chatted for a little, talked about the fate of everything and how it all worked out."
The 54-year-old Dunaier is hoping Frazier's signing with his favorite team works out as well.
"I'm happy Todd Frazier will be playing in Queens this year," he said.