Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 9/14/13

If you've ever been to a Detroit Tigers game or watched one on TV, you've probably heard in the background Charley Marcuse, 'The Singing Hot Dog Man. He has been a fixture at the ball park for the last 15 years, selling hot dogs and singing "hot dogs." It's also well known by Tigers fans that he despises ketchup on hot dogs and he wants you to as well. A singing hot dog man is unique, perhaps uniquely annoying, but a singing hot dog man who also tries to force his hot dog condiment views upon others? Well some might think that's downright chauvinistic self-righteousness at its worst.  And so, the Tigers' concession vendor, Sportservice, fired Charley last week. The Singing Hot Dog Man announced the news with a bitter Twitter tweet:  After 15 years the @Tigers finally got what they've aways wanted: I was fired by @delawarenorth #Sportservice this morning. #LongLiveMustard — Singing Hot Dog Man (@SinginHotDogMan) September 6, 2013 The exact reason for his firing is unclear, but it is believed to be a response to the growing number of complaints about his almost-always-frank disapproval of fans putting ketchup on their hot dogs [pun fully intended, excerpt below via Detroit News]: Sportservice wouldn’t comment on the specific reason behind Marcuse being let go, though sources say it wasn’t because of his singing. Think about it: If it was the singing, it wouldn’t have taken 15 years to get rid of him. There are rumblings the real reason was ketchup — or Marcuse’s disdain for it. Marcuse, at the ballpark and on Twitter, has been a strong crusader for only putting mustard on a frank. And some fans thought he got combative when they asked for ketchup. There were complaints filed. Asked whether condiments actually were behind his dismissal, Marcuse was vague. “It was general employee conduct,” he said, relaying the reason he was given. “I’ve vended the same way for the past 15 years, so there’s nothing new to any of this.” In 2004, the Tigers tried to put a moratorium on Charley's singing, but when the media got wind of it and turned it into a bigger distraction than the singing created for some players, the two sides reached a compromise that he would only be allowed to sing at certain points during the game. Charley obliged, but judging from his tweet, Charley obviously felt the organization never wanted him around and finally got their wish.  While 'The Singing Hot Dog Man' was technically never an employee of the Tigers, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. signs the vendor contracts and they're a pizza family. Perhaps Mike Ilitch finally gave Sportservice an ultimatum: Can the tomato sauce hating nightingale or we'll find a new vendor. Perhaps the 'Singing Hot Dog Man' had simply run his course. Whatever the case may be, fans can get back to eating hot dogs however they want without a brief lecture beforehand.  [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Arizona Cardinals make Jen Welter first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Junior Seau family says Hall of Fame went back on its word

Kobe will probably see time at power forward next year

Angels acquire Shane Victorino from the Red Sox

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clemson's Swinney wants Notre Dame in a conference

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel as Browns starter

David Price won't rule out Red Sox despite testy past

Bullying victim Jonathan Martin retiring from NFL

Why Jay Gruden may lose job if he can’t fix Robert Griffin III

Report: T.Y. Hilton wants similar contract to Dez Bryant

Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays, and upgrading strengths

Nick Saban has incredible advice for his players on chasing girls

Nik Stauskas trolls Thad Matta

Will Smith fires back at former teammate Junior Galette

Sammy Watkins: It's a "problem" if Bills don't win AFC East

The most important quarterback in the game?

Boston Mayor Walsh refusing to sign Olympic host contract

Chris Johnson accused of smashing up Rolls-Royce rental

Astros’ playoff push prompts rescheduling of Taylor Swift

Answering the AFC East's biggest questions in 2015

Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

College football's top 10 coaches on the hot seat for 2015

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Top 10 CFB coaches on the hot seat

Was Popovich close to retiring last year?

Kyle Busch continues historic run with Brickyard win

WATCH: Mike Trout HR lands in 'Trout Net'

With Cueto dealt, what's the market for other pitchers?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker