DETROIT (WXYZ) - You might not know him by name, but Charley Marcuse has a voice that's familiar to many Detroit Tigers fans. He's the singing hot dog vendor at Comerica Park – and he was fired today by the ballpark's food service contractor.
Marcuse, who tweets actively from his @SinginHotDogMan Twitter account, posted a message this evening saying, "After 15 years the @tigers finally got what they've aways wanted: I was fired by @delawarenorth #Sportservice this morning. #LongLiveMustard."
He also sent a statement out late Friday evening:
"Since 1999, the final season played at Tiger Stadium, I have been selling hot dogs at Detroit Tigers games. What started as a part-time summer job quickly turned into a passion. For fifteen years I have tried to provide a unique, engaging, and fun experience for everyone. The vast majority of feedback and interactions have always been positive. Fans constantly tell me that I have added to their enjoyment of the ballgame. The Detroit Tigers and Sportservice , a Delaware North Company, see it differently. After so many years I am very sorry to see this day come.
I am deeply thankful to the fans for their loyalty and support. It has been an amazing experience serving you for the past fifteen years. All of you are the reason I keep coming back. I hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future."
The "Singing Hot Dog Man" has had trouble at the ballpark before. He was relieved of his duties several years ago, only to find his way back after an outcry from some fans that gained national media attention. Marcuse even appeared on ABC's Good Morning America in 2004.
While some fans love his unique style of melodic hot dog selling, others have complained that he is too loud.
When 7 Action News reached out to the Tigers, a spokesperson said Marcuse was fired not by the team, but by the food service vendor for whom he worked.
Marcuse does more than just sell hot dogs to Tigers fans. His Charley's Ballpark Mustard is sold by a number of metro Detroit grocers. A website that promotes the mustard also says that Marcuse works at the Claymore Shop, a men's clothing store in Birmingham.
The website says that Marcuse's singing was "severely restricted" by the Tigers after his previous firing.