5 Reasons Why MLB Opening Day Should be a National Holiday

5 Reasons Why MLB Opening Day Should be a National Holiday

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Fans everywhere are gearing up for MLB Opening Day. Unfortunately, a majority of fans will have to listen to the game in their office or catch updates on their phone while in between class. If opening day were a national holiday, everyone would be able share in the fun of one of the most entertaining days in sports. With that thought, here are five reasons why opening day should be a national holiday.

5. Baseball Fans Take Off Anyways

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5. Baseball Fans Take Off Anyways

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A recent study by Major League Baseball shows that 22.2 million Americans over the age of 21 years old have taken off on opening day. The fact is baseball fans use a vacation day or call in sick anyways, which is why it simply makes sense to make one of the most exciting days of the year a national holiday.

4. Holidays Are Supposed to Bring Us Together

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4. Holidays Are Supposed to Bring Us Together

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Changing opening day to a national holiday would allow the entire family to spend a day together at the ballpark. There’s nothing more special than kicking off the spring with some tailgating and clean family fun. Holidays are meant to be cherished with loved ones. Opening day should be a part of that.

3. Tie in a Charity Drive

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3. Tie in a Charity Drive

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I’ll agree that making opening day a national holiday for the sake of having a day off for to watch sports is somewhat ridiculous. That’s why it could be justified, especially with non-sports fans, by involving a charity drive. It’s a day everyone would get off anyways, so why not do some good with our free time while also rooting for our favorite team?

2. Opportunity for Great Tradition to be Born

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2. Opportunity for Great Tradition to be Born

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This country of ours is built on the great traditions handed down by our ancestors. Obviously, baseball is one of those awesome traditions. We have an opportunity to add to the greatness by taking it one-step further. Making opening day a national holiday would allow every American to enjoy the overwhelming atmosphere that consumes the ballpark on the first day of the season. Grandfathers, fathers and sons can enjoy the experience together.

1. America’s Pastime

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1. America’s Pastime

America’s Pastime
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Even if baseball is no longer the most popular sport in the United States, it’s still considered America’s pastime. The sport has been around in the US since approximately 1839. It’s engraved in the history of our great country whether people want to admit it or not. The game also played a huge role in the breaking of the color barrier. Taking a day off to honor the sport is another way to add to the rich history of the game.

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