Baseball’s opening day a national holiday? Why not?

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.