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9 Reasons Why Opening Day Should Be a National Holiday

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Jon Gitchoff
Hey, President Obama! Here's why Opening Day should be a national holiday.
If you're a lifelong St. Louisan, it may surprise you to know that Opening Day is not actually a national holiday. It just feels like one here in the Lou.

But two St. Louis institutions -- former Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith and Anheuser-Busch -- are petitioning the U.S. government to declare Opening Day an official holiday. They need 100,000 signatures to get an official response from the Obama administration, and after only three days, they're a quarter of the way to their goal.

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"Opening Day brings with it the promise of a new beginning," Anheuser-Busch writes in the official petition. "Join us in our quest to make sure every American can exercise their inalienable right to celebrate the day those two magical words are uttered for the first time: 'PLAY BALL!'"

Why should Opening Day be a national holiday? Here are ten good reasons:

1. It's America's pastime.

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Jon Gitchoff
'Merica, y'all.
There's nothing like a hot dog, a cold beer and a spot in the sun at a baseball game to make you feel like a real American. The United States are all about equal opportunity, and baseball has a place for everyone. Not big enough to play football? Come run the bases. Not tall enough to play basketball? Get a bat in your hands and crouch until your strike zone disappears.

2. St. Louis is basically doing it, anyway, and it's awesome.

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Jon Gitchoff
Showing off her Opening Day bling.
St. Louis has been accidentally been field-testing what it would be like to make Opening Day a national holiday, and so far, the results are outstanding. Bosses look away when their employees take the day off to root, root, root for the home team, and everyone's happier because of it.

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3. A lot of these signatures on the petition are from Cardinals territory.

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Jon Gitchoff
Opening Day outfits are better than Halloween costumes.
Have you scrolled through the list of 27,000+ signatures on the petition to make Opening Day a holiday? Many of them come from rural Missouri, eastern Illinois and northern Arkansas, prime Cardinals territory. Redbird fans want this.

4. Because Ozzie Smith says so.

Mr. Smith is going to Washington, and we couldn't be happier.

5. So do Howard Johnson, Eric Byrnes and Sean Casey.



You don't have to be a Cardinal to get behind making Opening Day a national holiday. After all, the Redbirds need someone to play.

More reasons, on page two.


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16 comments
David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

I don't think "opening day" needs to be an official national holiday. Different teams play their first games on different days at different times. And frankly, not everyone is a baseball fan even where they do have teams. It's one of those ideas that sounds good until you give it some real thought. That said, it would be a good unofficial holiday for St. Louis.

Christina Toth
Christina Toth

I'm all for it but each city's opening day is different they'd have to change it around

Murdock Howard
Murdock Howard

Lol, I was just sharing a cool article with you.

Nick Meyer
Nick Meyer

They've been saying this for years and years Murdock Howard, the biggest issue is "national holiday" isn't gonna happen for a sports team maybe local.. and you call yourself the leader of cardinal nation tisk tisk lol

Ed Lomax
Ed Lomax

As we walk past all the homeless "Cardinals fans" on our way to the game.......

Dion Musgrove
Dion Musgrove

What debbie downers aka Cubs fans some of you are. Maybe people like to get away from the all the crap that's going on in the world for a couple hours and go watch the Cardinals. When at a Cardinals game we are all St Louisans. Its a sense of community, sense of city pride no matter who you are. Maybe go to a game and enjoy yourself. Hell,.. people watching is the best part of going. I feel for you guys that are mad at the world all the time.

Marc D McNew
Marc D McNew

If they do, it needs to be done for the blues to

Justin Wagner
Justin Wagner

Yeah, because opening day ranks right up there with memorial day, veterans day, thanksgiving, and the 4th...

Jorge Rodriguez Rodriguez Ruxin
Jorge Rodriguez Rodriguez Ruxin

Cards suck. Hell no, it should NOT be a national holiday...whoever even suggested it...I'm thinking anheiser busch or whatever they are calling it this week, should be shot....just doin it to sell beer. You people who support it are fuckin remedial.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

just another day so immature people can get drunk and act stupid and have an excuse to do it

Jesse Rehmer
Jesse Rehmer

yay lets all make a bunch of undeserving rich people richer and look like fools at the same time! No way this should be a national holiday.

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