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White House petition to make Opening Day a holiday hits 100K signatures

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A petition on the White House website calling for Major League Baseball's Opening Day to be declared a national holiday has passed the 100,000-signature threshold to earn a response.

The petition asking the Obama administration to the start of the baseball season an “American holiday” had 101,498 signatures as of 7:20 a.m. Monday morning.

The petition posted Feb. 24 says that “MLB Opening Day is more than just the beginning of the season. It’s a symbol of rebirth. The coming of spring. The return of America's national pastime. It’s a state of mind where anything is possible.

“It’s a day of celebration. It’s a day of hope. It’s a day that, for generations, has been looked forward to by baseball fans every off-season,” the petition continues. “It’s an American tradition, and it deserves to be recognized as an American holiday.

“Join us in our quest to make sure every American can exercise their inalienable right to celebrate the day those two magical words are uttered for the first time: ‘PLAY BALL!’ ”

The White House requires petitions on the “We the People” website to pass the threshold within 30 days to gain a response, but the administration provides no timeline for when they will respond to a petition.

“Once the petition reaches the required threshold, it will be put in a queue to be reviewed by the White House,” says a note on the petition website.

A petition asking the White House to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber after a number of run-ins with law enforcement gained over 200,000 signatures in January. The administration promised to respond “relatively soon” to the petition, but has yet to do so.

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