Gary Dunaier may be a Mets fan but he doesn’t want his 15 minutes of fame to end just yet.
Dunaier, 54, became an internet sensation after cameras caught him giving a thumbs down sign following Todd Frazier’s home run against the Rays at Citi Field. Dunaier, a Queens native and a Mets season ticket holder, has previously never showed the Yankees much love, but now it appears that times have changed.
“This stoic Mets fan is responsible for the Yankee player’s rallying cry. He hates admitting it, but he hopes they keep winning,” Jim Dolan of “Eyewitness News” tweeted Thursday, along with a picture of Dunaier.
Since Dunaier’s thumbs down gesture, the Yankees have adopted it as their own. Players give a thumbs down when they reach base, the dugout gives a thumbs down whenever there’s a big play and the Yankees are now even selling a pinstripes-colored thumbs down t-shirt.
“I meant it as derision and they’re taking it as a positive thing,” Dunaier told the Daily News in September. “That’s funny. It’s hilarious. What else can you say, you know?”
The Queens native called his thumbs down gesture a “spur of the moment” decision and never imagined it would result into his sudden celebrity status.
“A simple little thumbs down and all of a sudden it’s become so popular,” Dunaier told The News. “It’s like a meme.”
While the devoted Mets fan inside of him may not approve, it appears Dunaier wants this meme to live on a little bit longer.