Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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Baseball has always been a game of unwritten rules. Don’t walk over the pitcher’s mound, if you bean an opposing player, expect your teammate to receive one in return, and most importantly, don’t mess with another player’s superstitions. To go along with those rules, Opening Day of every Major League Baseball season is considered to be an “unwritten” holiday. Many of fans take the day off of work to go see their club of choice in action on that first day of the season. For now, Opening Day may only be a national holiday to you and your buddies, but after one of the game’s greatest gets done with it, the first day of fresh cut grass and “PLAY BALL” may be one for the nation.
Former St. Louis Cardinals All-Star shortstop and Hall of Famer, Ozzie “The Wizard” Smith, is heading up a campaign to get the United States Federal Government to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday. Yes folks, you heard me correctly. With the support of Anheuser Busch, Smith is on a mission to collect 100,000 signatures in 30 days under the We The People petitioning program so that President Obama’s administration will review the proposal.
If you are a baseball fan, this is your dream come true. Baseball fans have always considered Opening Day to be sacred. It is taken very seriously and we go to the ends of the earth to make sure we are at our team’s first game. Knowing that one of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game is in full support of making this fan’s day a national holiday not only warms my heart, but also makes me feel a little less crazy.
Smith is doing what every baseball fan has wanted to do, but hasn’t had the clout to pull off. After playing 19 seasons in the majors, Smith has earned respect from the league, his peers, and most of all, his fans. If it were Jose Canseco or AJ Pierzynski (whom makes me vomit) leading this charge, it probably wouldn’t go anywhere or even be taken seriously. Luckily Smith was able to win over the city of St. Louis and baseball fans everywhere with his defensive brilliance and his love for the game. His passion for the game always gave fans something to rally around, and if he promotes that passion around this campaign, those numbers won’t be far behind.
At the end of the day, the United States Government might have more important things on their hands than baseball’s opening day, but I sure do love the effort and you should too! Ozzie Smith is paving the way for all baseball fans alike to give America’s Pastime the recognition that it deserves. Smith’s campaign may crash and burn or succeed on the highest level, either way; you can guarantee that the Wizard will be receiving my signature.
Sign the Petition HERE!