Could Opening Day become a national holiday?

Could Opening Day become a national holiday?
February 25, 2014, 8:45 pm
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CSN Staff

Legendary St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith was known as "The Wizard" for making unbelievable defensive plays in the field.  

But perhaps his best magic trick could be on the way this March.

According to the St. Louis Cardinals official website, the Hall of Fame shortstop is working on a petition to make MLB's Opening Day a recognized national holiday. In order to do that, Smith has one month before the specified date (March 31st) to get at least 100,00 signatures from adults 21 or older in order for an administrator to even review the petition. As of 8:30 P.M CST, the petition had over 15,000 signatures. 

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"There are 22 million people who have, some point in time, played hooky from work or school, so it's already an unofficial holiday," the former Cardinal told "We're just trying to make it an official holiday by getting those 100,000 signatures so I can march them up to the front of the White House."

Budweiser has even gotten behind Smith's project and has launched a page on their website where fans can sign the petition if they are over 21.

See what the SportsTalk Live panel had to say about Smith's efforts in the video above.