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Hall-of-Fame shortstop petitions to make Opening Day a national holiday

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JUPITER, Fla. — Hall-of-Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith announced Tuesday his plans to make Opening Day a national holiday.

Smith, a 13-time Gold Glove Award-winner, said he will partner with Budweiser to get a petition to the White House before the 2014 Major Leagues Baseball season opens on March 31, according to

Launched on Tuesday, the petition needs 100,000 signature in 30 days to move forward to an administration review and response, said

Efforts to push the campaign will include a series of videos released over the next month on, added.

The site also said that Smith plans to discuss his campaign initiatives with reporters Tuesday afternoon.