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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Already considered an official holiday in the eyes of many, now some big names are launching a campaign to get the MLB Opening Day to be a national holiday.

Budweiser partnered with former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith have begun a WhiteHouse.gov petition to get the MLB Opening Day to be considered a national observance.

The petition needs 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days to get an administrative review and response from the White House.

According to a survey, an estimated 22.2 million Americans who are 21 and older have played "hooky" from work to attend an Opening Day game.

Budweiser is putting a number of resources behind the petition, including an online campaign that features a video series as well as a website dedicated to updates. (Watch the first video in the series below.)

As of March 11, the petition had garnered more than 65,500. To sign the petition, visit the WhiteHouse.gov website. To follow the campaign, check out the Budweiser website.

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