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See also: 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 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

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