In news that will delight some and disgust others, the ubiquitous singing hot dog vendor from Comerica Park has hollered his last refrain. Charley Marcuse, the verbose and controversial frankfurter provider, announced his firing on Twitter last night.
— Singing Hot Dog Man (@SinginHotDogMan) September 6, 2013
The 33-year-old’s unique operatic style was inspired by a Three Tenors performance at Tiger Stadium. His vocal stylings were part of the ballpark fun for some fans but his glass-shattering pipes caused him to run afoul of Tigers brass in 2004. He was told to cease his act or be gone. This story, of course, was right in the wheelhouse for morning shows, allowing Marcuse 15 minutes of fame. Eventually, an agreement with the team to tone his antics down was reached.
Now, though, he’s been silenced for good, in a decision made by Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the concessions vendor at Comerica Park. Ron Colangelo, Tigers vice president of communications, had no comment, other than to say, repeatedly, this wasn’t the Tigers’ call.
Even though people are impossibly split on the merits of an operatic hot dog vendor, we can all agree the man’s open disgust for ketchup is something to applaud. Anyone putting that foul substance on a dog is just living life all wrong.