Bartolo Colon is last remaining active member of the 1997 Indians, which is a feat in itself.
Colon was a 24-year-old rookie in ’97, who struggled through 17 starts with a 5.65 ERA and was eventually left off the postseason roster in favor of fellow rookie phenom Jaret Wright.
While Colon would go on to pitch in the ’98, ’99 and ’01 playoffs with the Tribe, and four other postseasons with the Angels, A’s and now the Mets, this is Colon’s first trip to the World Series since ’97.
World Series trips at age 24 and 42. Pretty remarkable.
Colon has a chance to become the 9th member of the ’97 Tribe to win a World Series ring. Here’s a look at the others.
Chad Curtis, – 1998, 1999 Yankees
Curtis, who was traded to the Yankees during the ’97 season, was the first member of the ’97 Tribe to get his World Series ring. While Curtis didn’t actually play in the ’98 World Series, he did hit two home runs in just six at-bats against the Braves during the ’99 Series.
Jeff Manto – 1999 Yankees
Manto never appeared in a postseason game during his nine-year career, but he did earn a ring with the ’99 Yankees after they picked him up off waivers from the Tribe.
Jeff Juden – 1999 Yankees
Juden was the first member of the ’97 World Series roster to win a ring. He didn’t appear in the playoffs for New York, but he managed to pick up a ring after making one start during the regular season.
David Justice – 2000 Yankees
Justice was traded to New York in June for Jake Westbrook, Ricky Ledee and Zach Day, and went on to win the series with the Yankees a few months later. Justice was the ALCS MVP that year, and would also play in the World Series in a losing effort the following season.
Matt Williams – 2001 Diamondbacks
After a brief stint with the Tribe in 1197, Williams was traded to Arizona for Travis Fryman. The steroid-fueled Williams would go on to play in the 2001 World Series with Arizona, in which he hit one home run with seven RBI.
Albie Lopez – 2001 Diamondbacks
Statistically one of the worst pitchers in Indians history (5.99 ERA), Lopez somehow managed to wind up on one of the most legendary pitching staffs in recent memory with Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. Lopez was a trade-deadline acquisition who started 13 games for the D’Backs in 2001 before being moved to the bullpen for the playoffs. His only contribution would be surrendering a walk-off to Alfonso Soriano in Game 5.
Brian Anderson – 2001 Diamondbacks
Anderson was also featured on that ’01 D’Backs pitching staff, posting a 5.20 ERA in 22 starts. Somehow that earned him a start against Roger Clemens in Game 3 of the World Series. Amazingly, Anderson held his own, but suffered the loss in a 2-1 defeat.
Manny Ramirez – 2004, 2007 Red Sox
Not only did Manny win two World Series, he won eight straight World Series games after the ’97 defeat and was named MVP in 2004.