At the age of 18, the American right to put ketchup on hot dogs is revoked lest you risk being labeled an immature eater who cannot appreciate the frankfurter for what it is without adulterating it with a sickly sweet condiment. Mustard and sauerkraut — and whatever all that salad on a Chicago dog is are acceptable. Period.

Enter Charley Marcuse, the veteran Detroit Tigers’ singing hot dog vendor. Marcuse, an unapologetic mustard-only guy, was fired this week and some are saying it was because of his rightful disdain for ketchup.

The Detroit News reports:

“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.”

The anti-ketchup thing is a big deal for Marcuse, who has his own brand of condiment: Charley’s Ballpark Mustard which can be found in Detroit-area grocery stores.

Marcuse, a union employee, is filing a grievance.

As a former member of the the UAW Local 2110, I stand with you in solidarity my mustard-loving brother!

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