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Baseball fans have been looking forward to Opening Day since last fall.

"It's a fresh start," said Willie Alvarado, Boston Red Sox fan. "You're at 100%. No one has won yet. You're in your mind set that anything can happen."

It's like a holiday to many, and the majority of fans will be celebrating March 31 just like it was one.

"In St. Louis, it really already is a local holiday," said Joseph Beilein, a St. Louis Cardinals fan. "No one works on Opening Day or at least the first home game."

And now baseball great, and former Cardinal, Ozzie Smith wants to make it a holiday for the entire country. He's created a petition, with the help of Anheuser Busch to make it Opening Day a national holiday.  
  
"I think it's great. I'd be there anything for a day off, you know?" said Jody Moyer, a New York Yankees fan. "I would actually switch President's Day to have baseball."

"It would feel special to go down on Opening Day because a lot people haven't done it before because of school and I think it'd be nice if you could go," said Jimmy Colvin, shortstop for the Erie Outlaws.

A recent study shows that ten-percent of people admit to skipping work to watch or attend the game.

"I will admit to playing hookie and coming up here, watching the games and stuff like that," said Beilein.

But there's some people who say they don't believe this should be a holiday.

"It's Opening Day. Yeah, I know lots of guys who take off for it, but a National Holiday? No," said Dick Moyer, a New York Yankees fan.

But there are more than 30,000 signatures so far, and fans say they expect it to reach that 100,000 minimum soon.

"It's been 3 days and already 30,000 people," said Alvarado. "I'm surprised it's not on Obama's desk already!"

"Ozzie Smith is a genius," Beilein. "This is going to work well." 

According to the website, whitehouse.gov, administration officials plan to respond to each petition.

So even President Obama could respond to this one. But fans say as awesome as that would be, they believe he has more important things to worry about.
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