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WH to Answer Call to Make Baseball's Opening Day a Holiday‏

Image: WH to Answer Call to Make Baseball's Opening Day a Holiday‏ Opening Day festivities at Petco Park in San Diego on April 14, 2013.

Monday, 24 Mar 2014 11:35 AM

By Melanie Batley

A petition calling for Major League Baseball's Opening Day to be declared a national holiday has surpassed the 100,000 signatures needed to get a response from the White House.

The petition, posted on the White House's "We the People" website on Feb. 24, reached the minimum signature threshold well within the 30-day deadline to qualify for an official response. As of 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time Monday, it had 101,589 signatures from people across the country. The Washington Examiner earlier reported the petition exceeding 100,000 signatures.

"MLB Opening Day is more than just the beginning of the season. It's a symbol of rebirth. The coming of spring. The return of America's national pastime. It's a state of mind where anything is possible," the petition says.

"Opening Day brings with it the promise of a new beginning. Every fan is in good spirits. It's a day of celebration. It's a day of hope. It's a day that, for generations, has been looked forward to by baseball fans every off-season."

The petition describes baseball as an "American tradition," saying it therefore deserves to be recognized as a holiday.  The text also evokes the Declaration of Independence in its final appeal.

"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!'"

The White House reviews petitions in the order that they are received, according to the website, but the administration does not indicate a time frame for when responses are issued.


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