There was a time when the opening day of baseball season was a sacred non-holiday in America. Then TV took over and day games were switched to night games, and most of the sport moved to cable TV.
Now there’s an effort to get opening day named a national holiday.
OK, sure, it’s an advertising gimmick from a beer company, but we have a dreadful lack of three day weekends between President’s Day, which plenty of people don’t get off from work any more, and Memorial Day.
April would fit in perfectly. Plus, a day off would be a nice reward for the people who paid for the stadiums.
“All we need is 100,000 signatures (on a petition),” former Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith says in the ad, showing that baseball players are not students of the game of legislation.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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