Petition: Make Opening Day a National Holiday

Should the start of our national pastime be a national holiday?

It's our national pastime. Should it be a national holiday, too? (Patch file photo)
It's our national pastime. Should it be a national holiday, too? (Patch file photo)
Should opening day be a national holiday?

A petition was submitted to the White House last month in support of just that, urging President Obama's administration to declare Major League Baseball's opening day a national holiday.

"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 reads. "It’s an American tradition, and it deserves to be recognized as an American holiday."

Now, people petition the White House all the time, but this petition garnered more than 100,000 signatures.

And because of that, the White House responded.

Josh Earnest, a principal deputy press secretary at the White House and a self-identified lifelong Kansas City Royals fan, responded to the petition on behalf of the White House: 

"For more than a century, American presidents have celebrated baseball's Opening Day -- from President William Taft's 1910 first pitch from the stands, to President Obama toeing the rubber at Nationals Park in 2010," Earnest wrote.

But, the bad news: "While we are sympathetic to your pitch to make Opening Day a national holiday, it's a little outside our strike zone: creating permanent federal holidays is traditionally the purview of Congress. So, it's up to the men and women on Capitol Hill to decide whether to swing at this pitch."

Earnest noted that the 2013 World Series champs, the Boston Red Sox, will be hosted at the White House Tuesday in honor of Opening Day.

Would you support making opening day a national holiday?

Vic April 01, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Absolutly not should any sport ever become a National Holiday.Whatever person/persons ever came up with a thought as this is unreal.If our country even considers this a National Holiday for baseball you can bet alot if not all sports will want their sports team also set as a National Holiday.I believe a few of the National Holidays we have now should be removed from the calander.Baseball is only a game so quash any thoughts of this idea.
Mari April 01, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Not everyone in this country is obsessed with the overly paid players, overly glorified game of baseball. Most people can't afford to even go to the games. I vote NO NATIONAL HOLIDAY.
Diane Berl April 01, 2014 at 03:03 PM
No holiday!!!! Our children already score lower than other countries in education. They don't need anothe lame excuse to miss school.
Andrew April 01, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Baseball isn't the national pastime anymore. So no, no holiday.
Roger Jurczak April 01, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Boy! This writer sure has a gift for dreaming big! Money must grow on trees.............. perhaps its just a slow news day


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