There’s a chance you won’t have to play hooky on March 31 to kick back and enjoy the first Major League Baseball game of the season.
Hall of Famer short stop Ozzie Smith has teamed up with Budweiser, the official beer of the MLB, to try to have the White House name Opening Day as a national holiday.
“Opening Day should be a holiday, let’s make it official,” Smith insists in a Budweiser video.
Smith and Budweiser need to obtain at least 100,000 signatures from people 21 and older on their petition in the next 30 days to ensure an administrative review of the decision y the White House.
Budweiser has started an ad campaign for the cause and will release a series of commercials throughout the month of March. They will also try to steer people to the petition online through digital ads on the ESPN and MLB websites.
“Commissioner Selig always reminds us that Opening Day brings hope and faith to fans across the country,” Tim Brosnan, MLB’s executive vice president of business, said in a statement. “We know this will be a special year for Major League Baseball, and Budweiser’s efforts to recognize Opening Day in this fashion starts the season with a fitting salute.”
To sign the petition, you can go to Budweiser.com/Openingday.