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Rumors started trickling out after this post by ClevelandSports360 and all along Twitter this morning: Lou "The Dog Man" Rodgers, revered saint of the dog at The Jake, was let go by the Tribe's concession service. (It's unclear whether the Tribe knew, but they certainly know now.)
We got in touch with Lou this morning and it's true: he got shit-canned. Can the Tribe really be more of a horse's ass when it comes to public relations? No, probably not. Not when you get rid of a mainstay beloved by the fans, a man just doing his job for six years. Here's what happened in Lou's own words:
Yes it is true, I was let go about 2 months ago. Looks like the word is starting to get out. What happened I went down an isle and hit a pocket four rows up and four rows behind me. Another hot dog guy saw it and ran down and started selling. The rule is if you have the same product you can't come down the same isle. He stole my sales. Believe me it was minimal. I worked an extra half hour and sold out. When I checked out, the kid came up to me. I told him I was hot and don't talk to me. He then made some comment and I yelled at him. I did not handle it well, I ripped him a new one. Bottom line I was fired because I yelled at this kid. He was wrong, but I handled the situation very poorly. I have been their 6 years with no complaints.
I still feel sick about this, one indiscretion and it's all over. I really do feel bad and yes I love to come back. Any help would be appreciated.
Tribe fans: Get in touch with the Tribe. Immediately and often. Help get Lou his job back.
We've reached out to the Tribe and will let you know if they have any comment.
In the meantime, we'll take two with everything.