Though Charley Marcuse, pictured in yellow, is famous for belting out hotdog-inspired tunes at Detroit Tigers’ games for the last 15 years, the Detroit News reports it wasn’t his singing that landed him in boiling hot dog water. It’s his attitude toward ketchup that wasn’t quite cutting the mustard.
According to the article, “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.” We don’t even want to know how this guy feels about relish.
But apparently, Marcuse’s hot dog songs weren’t exactly music to spectators’ ears, either… Some sports officials thought his songs distracted from what was happening on the field, while others said microphones would pick up on his singing during live sports broadcasts. Perhaps these officials thought songs about hot dogs should stay where they belong: in 1960s Oscar Meyer commercials.
The reason sports officials gave for the firing was “general employee conduct,” which could be code for pretty much anything. But really: anyone who hates ketchup and sells hot dogs at the same time probably should be fired, and also deported for being an anti-American terrorist.
Before the firing, the hot dogs weren’t the only things that were on a roll. Marcuse claims mustard-only mutts are traditional, and as a mustard enthusiast, he even has his own line of mustard, sold locally in Detroit.
But when it comes to food trends, Marcuse should have really been ahead of the game in understanding what the masses want. Now, he’s forced into unemployment. And it’s all because he couldn’t ketchup.
Image: Romain Blanquart / Detroit Free Press / MCT