NEW YORK — Todd Frazier has a plan to get a thumbs up from the Yankees-hating Thumbs Down Guy.
“We might have to bring him in the clubhouse here and just walk around and just look at everybody with his thumbs down, say a prayer and then the next thing you know, the next guy will take off,” Frazier said. “You never know. It’ll be something funny.”
Frazier and many other Yankees have started giving each other a thumbs down as a celebratory gesture.
It all started Monday when Frazier ripped a three-run homer against the Rays at Citi Field.
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Gary Dunaier, a Mets diehard from Queens, was seated in the second row, near the Yankees dugout, when Frazier hit the bomb.
Rather than trying to boo and getting drowned out by the “sea of Yankees fans” surrounding him, Dunaier did what he thought was best. He hit Frazier with a thumbs down, holding it up there for a long time while keeping a stern face.
A YES Network camera caught the gesture. Then the Yankees started talking about it in the dugout and made it their own.
Frazier said he’d like to meet Dunaier, a Mets season-ticket holder who doesn’t like the Yankees because of the rivalry, but also because he said Yankee Stadium security unfairly yelled at him when he visited in 2012.
“Yeah, why not,” Frazier said. “He’s a Mets fan and whatever but I read the article. It said he had a bad experience here or whatever it was. Maybe we can make that experience better for him.”
A message left for Dunaier wasn’t immediately returned.
Dunaier said he’s having fun with the whole thing and was just glad the camera didn’t catch him “doing something stupid,” like sleeping in the middle of the game.
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