Todd Frazier, ‘Thumbs-Down Guy’ meet at autograph signing
All New York Mets fan Gary Dunaier did was show his disapproval for his crosstown rivals. Four months later, the Thumbs-Down Guy got to meet the New York Yankees’ player who adopted his inverted digit as the team’s rallying cry.
Dunaier surprised Todd Frazier on Saturday as they met each other for the first time at an autograph signing on Long Island. The free-agent third baseman greeted the 55-year-old fan with a hug.
Dunaier, who was in the second row behind the visitor’s dugout — occupied by the Yankees — was surrounded by a sea of Yankees fans. The clip of his thumbs-down gesture went viral, and Frazier and the Yankees embraced the gesture for the remainder of the season as they came within one game of advancing to the World Series.
It was great, Dunaier, who again was wearing his suspenders, told the Daily News about meeting Frazier on Saturday. We chatted for a little, talked about the fate of everything and how it all worked out.
Sports is entertainment. 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.
I actually think they should do the coaches vote, that should be public. And I think since we’re in the age of transparency, we’re announcing every time our official makes a mistake, that should definitely be live, the pick of the teams. Doesn’t hockey do that?
When reminded by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that the NHL once gave a car to the last person drafted in their All-Star draft, Rivers was all for that idea.
That’s sweet. You’re kidding me? I love that. We should do it.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau echoed Rivers’ sentiments regarding roster expansion.
I’m all for 15 players, Thibodeau said. I think we should increase it so guys don’t get left off.