Apr. 1, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Fireworks go off following the national anthem as Arizona Diamondbacks players line up prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ozzie Smith, Budweiser petition to make Opening Day a national holiday


Former St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith is teaming up with Budweiser to make Opening Day a national holiday by launching a petition that needs 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days for the White House to act on the proposal.

The petition at time of publishing had a little more than 9,000 signatures, so there is some work that needs to be done if we all want to have Opening Day off of work to enjoy a glorious day of baseball. If you’re interested in signing the petition, here’s the link to the Budweiser page.

“Millions of baseball fans already consider Opening Day to be an unofficial national holiday, so we’re pleased that our longtime partner, Budweiser, along with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith have taken the steps to formalize it,” Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of business, said in a statement.

As much as I would love to see Opening Day declared a national holiday, I would much rather have the day after the Super Bowl declared a national holiday since we all call in sick that Monday anyway.


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