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Whitehouse.gov petition to make Opening Day a national holiday exceeds goal

Ozzie Smith along with Budweiser launched a campaign last month to recognize Major League Baseball Opening Day as a national holiday, by utilizing the ‘We the People’ petitioning tool at WhiteHouse,gov - overnight the petition surpassed the 100,000-signature requirement to compel a response from the Obama Administration.

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day 2012
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In order to receive a response a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

Fans who are over the age of 21 can still visit Budweiser.com/OpeningDay to sign the petition and honor Major League Baseball Opening Day, which this year falls on March 31, as a day of national observance via presidential proclamation.

Opening Day signifies a rebirth; the smell of the grass, the sound of the national anthem, and the taste of a ballpark hotdog. Baseball is all about atmosphere and nostalgia, and its first day of the year should be celebrated and recognized.

Be it a national holiday or not, millions of Americans excuse themselves from that that day’s obligations and observe one of the greatest days of the year. I would rather work on Christmas than Opening Day.

For more information on joining Budweiser's movement to make Opening Day a holiday, visit Budweiser.com/OpeningDay.