(KMOV) – Budweiser and Cardinal legend Ozzie Smith have filed a petition with the White House in a push to make Opening Day a national holiday.
“Opening Day should be a holiday, let’s make it official,” the Hall of Fame shortstop said in a video posted to Budweiser’s website.
The official beer of Major League Baseball and Smith launched the petition on WhiteHouse.gov. The petition must get 100,000 signatures from people 21 and older within 30 days for the White House to review it.
“Millions of baseball fans already consider Opening Day to be an unofficial national holiday, so we’re pleased that our longtime partner, Budweiser, along with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith have taken the steps to formalize it,” said Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball’s vice president of business, said in a statement. “Commissioner Selig always reminds us that Opening Day brings hope and faith to fans across the country. 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.”
Videos promoting the campaign will be launched periodically throughout the next month. Budweiser will also try to drive signatures to the White House website through an extensive digital ad campaign on websites such as ESPN.com and MLB.com.
Watch the campaign video below. Click here if using a mobile device.