When some New York Mets players do something good, they have a new way of celebrating: they give fans a two-handed thumbs down. It’s also known in some circles as the reverse Fonzie. Whatever it’s called, it’s not good. It’s the complete opposite of good, it’s terrible and it needs to stop.
The reason they feel justified in doing something this repulsive is some of them get booed whenever they strike out or do something equally not-good. That reasoning doesn’t fly with me. First of all, it’s not like every fan in attendance boos when one of them fails to do something good. When a player flashes the reverse Fonzie towards the stands, he disrespecting all of the fans in attendance, whether they’ve booed or not. Secondly, the players are supposed to be professionals. They need to act like it when they’re wearing the Mets uniform.
Just to be clear, I’m not excusing fans who boo their own players. I think it’s counter-productive. It’s not like players at the major league level aren’t trying to play well. Booing your favorite team’s players is stupid, unless you are a Dodgers fan and you are booing Trever Bauer. Hopefully that piece of garbage never plays for the Dodgers or any other team again.
Mets players should always ask themselves: what would Fonzie do? The Fonz would never flash his thumbs down towards his fans. Fonzie’s thumbs are instruments of good, not evil. That’s why they only point up, not down.