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Should MLB's Opening Day Officially Become A Holiday? Ozzie Smith & Budweiser Think So

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If you love baseball, you'll love this. Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and Budweiser are working together to make Major League Baseball's Opening Day a national holiday.

Along with the video above, an online petition posted at describes Opening Day as "a symbol of rebirth" and "the coming of spring."

"It’s an American tradition, and it deserves to be recognized as an American holiday," the petition says. It needs 100,000 signatures by March 26 for the White House to respond.

Even if the petition garners enough signatures, it isn't likely that sports fans will be able to take off in 2014. By the time the petition closes, two MLB teams will have actually already started their 2014 seasons. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers start their seasons in Australia on March 22 in what MLB has dubbed the "Opening Series." The San Diego Padres will then face the Dodgers on Sunday, March 30 in what is referred to on the MLB calendar as "Opening Night." After that, the so-called "Opening Day" is set for Monday, March 31, when 13 games are on the schedule. Of course, the New York Yankees and Houston Astros won't actually take the field until April 1.

Can fans just take all those days off?

When an online petition to the Obama administration was set up to make the day after the Super Bowl a holiday, it failed to get 100,000 signatures.

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