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WASHINGTON – The White House has issued a response to the "Make Opening Day a Holiday" petition.

John Earnest, principal deputy press secretary (and lifelong Kansas City Royals fan), says despite being sympathetic to the pitch, "it's a little outside our strike zone: creating permanent federal holidays is traditionally the purview of Congress."

Cardinal nation is alive and well, as the new Ballpark Village opened to the public Thursday night, but the dream of Opening Day becoming a national holiday is crushed.

"I'm actually pretty disappointed," said one Cardinals fan, Jonathan Haller.

It might have been a long shot, but more than 100,000 people signed the petition to get Opening Day a national holiday.

The White House's response? Not going to happen because of a lack of authority to create holidays. The online letter says it's up to Congress to make those decisions. Cards fans say they may as well make it a holiday, since it's treated as such.

"Plenty of people take off work to go to opening day," said Haller.

Orhers call in sick says schoolteacher Kay Fantasia.

"We have kids missing that day sometimes or they check out early," she said.

Some didn't think there would be a response or that it was real!

"I didn't think it was going to go that far," said Gene Fantasia. He has a brilliant idea. "What about a state holiday?"

Earnest went on to say to celebrate Opening Day 2014, the 2013 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, will be honored at the White House.

You can read Earnest's complete response on WhiteHouse.gov.

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