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.)