Baseball’s Most Memorable Moments (For Fans and Non-Fans)

There are few things, if any, more American than baseball. The official game itself dates back to 1845 — and since then, it’s created memories and traditions share by millions across generations from coast to coast. But there are moments from the game that just about everyone remembers. Here are some of baseball’s most memorable moments even non-baseball fans remember and cherish.

July 10, 2001 Cal Ripken, baseball’s Iron Man breaks Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played. It was during the 2001 All-Star game — his final appearance for the annual series. It wasn’t the only record he broke at that game — at the time, he also became the oldest player to hit a home run (he was a little more than a month away from turning 41). He was also named MVP of the All-Star Game for the second time.

October 24, 2002 If you don’t remember J.T. Snow rescuing a bat boy during the 2002 World Series, you will now. Snow was playing for the San Francisco Giants against the Anaheim Angels. As Snow was on his way home to score off a triple, he scooped up 3-year-old Darren Baker (son of Giants’ manager, Dusty Baker) off home plate — where he was nearly clobbered in a baseball collision. It’s a spectacular act of quick thinking, fast acting and tear jerking.

October 14, 2003 For Chicago Cubs fans, this is a painful memory, but a memory that will last a lifetime. In Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Cubs and the Florida Marlins, the Cubs and fans were confident about heading to the World Series for the first time since 1945. After more than a half-century of heartbreak, the Cubs were up 3-0 in the eighth inning. That’s when the Marlins hit a foul ball. As many baseball fans do, Cubs fan Steve Bartman reached out to catch it though it was in reach of the left fielder, Moises Alou. Bartman deflected the ball out of the grasp of Alou and, subsequently, the Marlins scored eight runs in that game and won the series. Cubs fans were unforgiving of Bartman who has stayed out of the public eye since 2003 despite numerous requests for interviews.

October 27, 2004 It was a long wait for the Red Sox, but in 2004, not only did they make it to the World Series, but they also won it, crushing the Curse of the Bambino. It was the first World Series win for the Red Sox since 1918. As luck would have it, the Jimmy Fallon/Drew Barrymore  movie, Fever Pitch — about a Red Sox obsessed fan — was filmed during the series. The unexpected win forced a re-write for the film so it could be included.

July 1, 1992 Of course we can’t leave out our favorite fictional moment in baseball. If you’ve never heard Tom Hanks (as Jimmy Dugan) shout “There’s no crying in baseball!” it might be time to watch A League of Their Own. It’s the one baseball quote men and women, baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike remember and chuckle to on any given day.

At LTD, we celebrate all of our country’s greatest treasures! But you don’t have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the American thrill of baseball — there is so much history and cultural relationships with the game it’s easy to see why it’s our national pastime and a reason to look forward to summer games.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

We’re flipping through the catalog to pass the time between now and when the weekend starts. We’ve picked out some items we can’t wait to use now that the weather is finally warm! Here are LTD’s product picks for the week.


This Solar Scrolled Hanging Lantern enhances your outdoor space with elegant accent lighting featuring beautiful scrollwork. A ring on the handle makes it easy to hang from any hook. It has a solar panel on top that uses the sun’s energy to automatically power the light at night. 


Now kids can practice their favorite sports right in their own backyard! Whether your kids are into soccer or basketball, we have the set for them! Each set comes with an oversized inflatable plastic ball and accessories that are safe and fun to use. Kick the soccer ball through the goal cones or shoot the basketball through the hoop. 



Transform your most cherished photos into framed canvas artwork in your own home in a matter of minutes. With the Flipo You Frame It system, you can take any image from a camera or cell phone, print it on specially formulated canvas paper, then frame it. Printing is done on your inkjet printer without the need for special ink or computer software.



MLB Coleman 24-Can Cooler is easy to carry wherever the action takes you. Its adjustable strap has a shoulder pad embroidered with the Coleman logo. Full-color MLB team logo is embroidered on the cooler’s front panel. Made of 600D polyester, the soft-sided cooler is lined with PEVA. Includes a carabiner clip and mesh carry pouches on the sides. 


The Tick N’ Tater Water Balloon Game takes the traditional game of hot potato and cools it down. Fill up a water balloon, then place it inside the Tick N’ Tater. Set the attached timer and start passing it around. When the timer runs out, the balloon will burst, soaking the person holding it. This easy game is a refreshing and fast-paced way to spend a hot afternoon outdoors.


Tax Day Countdown: Tax Deductions You Didn’t Know About

TAx-form-with-cashThe countdown to tax day is on. If you haven’t already filed your taxes, consider yourself lucky. Here are 7 tax deductions you didn’t know about.

1. Generosity?If you loaned money to a friend or family member and they didn?t pay you back, don?t sweat it. Unpaid personal loans are tax deductible. Uncle Sam is looking out for you if you were being a little too generous this year. This also includes unpaid child support. You can read more about it in Publication 535, Business Expenses and Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses on the IRS website.

2. Home Office?Getting tax relief for your home office is a little bit easier this year. The IRS simplified the option for you this year and they?ll you deduct $5 per square foot of your home office up to 300 square feet.

Tax-file3. Sales Tax?If your income tax was low this year, you may want to look into how much sales tax you paid. You can claim your sales tax rather than your income tax. If you spent a lot of money, it may be worth going through your receipts and adding it all up. In addition to sales tax, if you didn?t get a state income refund last year, you can deduct it from your taxes this year.

4. Seasoned Students?Even if you finished college 20 years ago, you can still get tax relief for returning to school. You can get up to a $4,000 deduction in your income tax for post-secondary education to improve your skills or add to them.

5. Early Withdrawal Penalties?When you have money tied up in a time deposit account (like a certificate of deposit) and you make early an withdrawal, money that you give up in interest is tax deductible. Refer to page 18 in the IRS Publication 550 for more information.

6. Made in the USA?Uncle Sam wants to keep business in the family. If you make goods here in the United States, you get up to a 9% deduction of your adjusted gross income. However, if your business involves oil, this amount is significantly reduced. You can learn more about this in the instructions for IRS Form 8903.

Tax-form7. Alimony?If you are contributing income to a former spouse in the form of alimony, this money is tax deductible. This money has to be part of the divorce settlement — and other details of the divorce agreement, like child support, are not tax deductible. More can be found on the IRS website on Tax Topic 452.

Tax time is taxing, but if you do your homework, it doesn?t have to be as damaging to your wallet as you expect it to.