Batter up... sit back, relax, and stay home! Recent push for Major League Baseball’s Opening Day to be recognized as a national holiday proves this should describe the first games of the year and may have baseball fans’ dreams suddenly come true.
Initially, the petition seemed pointless and impossible, receiving only 8,000 signatures as of February 28th. Recently, however, the petition has caught fire and now has over 60,000 additional signatures within the past two weeks. This sudden jump in popularity is due to MLB and ESPN’s recently introduced advertisements, which encourage baseball fans across the country to sign up.
The opener between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers took place on March 30th, while the full slate of games take place on March 31st. If it did become a national holiday, Major League Baseball would have to schedule all teams an opening day game, as the Dodgers-Padres game may seem like a bit of an outlier.
If the petition does reach its target number of signatures, the job does not stop there. Budweiser must take their argument to court and make a convincing case for why this day is so special. In terms of the number of holidays, America is spoiled with a new day off seemingly every week. Therefore, the question must be asked: would another one of these holidays be that bad? If the answer is yes, why not replace one of the outdated and unappreciated holidays, such as Columbus Day, where Americans take the day of… just because.
By replacing Columbus Day, and giving Americans a day to appreciate their national pastime, Congress would be taking the first step in modernizing national holidays. The next move may be adding a day of rest following Super Bowl Sunday.