Online petition seeks to make MLB Opening Day national holiday

Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith takes infield with the team during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

February 26, 2014 9:52:39 AM PST
Baseball fans are swinging for the fences in hopes of making Opening Day a national holiday.

Budweiser, the official beer of Major League Baseball, has started a petition on whitehouse.gov to declare the start of the season a national day of observance.

The hope is to collect 100,000 online signatures, which would require a response from the white house.

Retired Saint Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith has thrown in his support and is leading the push.

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