Should MLB Opening Day be a national holiday? | The Tylt
Should MLB Opening Day be a national holiday?
There are few cultural American touchstones that have endured the test of time, but baseball is something special. It remains the country's pastime and one of its greatest exports.
After a winter of bitter cold, Opening Day signals the end of a sports hibernation for many as the rays of warm sunshine hit the blades of grass of every MLB outfield. There's nothing like hearing the crack of the bat and the thrill of the crowd.
Baseball is so interwoven into American culture, it is almost disrespectful the nation doesn't celebrate it more. The sport is important to the country and we should honor it like any other culturally iconic item. MLB Opening Day should be a national holiday.
It seems that everything in the United States deserves a national holiday. Why don't we make National Cat Day a federal holiday or National Pie Day a holiday while we're at it? If everything is a national holiday, nothing is.
Everyone's just looking for an excuse to take the day off and drink. Baseball may have been culturally significant in the past, but it hasn't even been the most popular sport since football took over decades ago. Opening Day isn't a national holiday. It's just the first of many days of meaningless baseball until the fall—when it actually matters. MLB Opening Day shouldn't be a national holiday.