Will Major League Baseball’s Opening Day become a national holiday? Who knows, but after getting more than 100,000 signatures, the White House is at least going to have to respond — and quickly, because Opening Day is just a week away.
As of early Monday morning, the petition had more than 101,000 signatures, beating the deadline by two days.
Budweiser promoted the petition with an ad campaign, and also enlisted the help of Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith.
“It’s a day of hope. It’s a day that, for generations, has been looked forward to by baseball fans every off-season. It’s an American tradition, and it deserves to be recognized as an American holiday,” the petition said. “Join us in our quest to make sure every American can exercise their inalienable right to celebrate the day those two magical words are uttered for the first time: ‘PLAY BALL!’”
Even if you think this is a ridiculous petition, it’s not nearly as bad as the one asking the White House to toss out “Hail to the Chief,” replace with “Smooth.” Fortunately, that one is more than 99,000 signatures short of hitting the threshold.