Budweiser, the official beer of Major League Baseball, and Smith, a former St. Louis Cardinals' shortstop and a member of the Hall of Fame, announced their petition on WhiteHouse.gov went live Tuesday, and they are hoping for 100,000 signatures by March 31 to support their quest to get a national holiday for opening day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.
Budweiser said it is running digital ads supporting the petition on ESPN.com and MLB.com.
"Millions of baseball fans already consider opening day to be an unofficial national holiday, so we're pleased that our longtime partner, Budweiser, along with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith have taken the steps to formalize it," said Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of business. "Commissioner [Bud] Selig always reminds us that opening day brings hope and faith to fans across the country. We know this will be a special year for Major League Baseball and Budweiser's efforts to recognize opening day in this fashion starts the season with a fitting salute."