7 amazing differences between now and Cleveland’s last World Series appearance

22 Oct 1997: Pitcher Brian Anderson (middle right) of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by his teammates after retiring the Florida Marlins at the end of Game 4 of the 1997 World Series at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Digital Image Only - No Original Only. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT
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22 Oct 1997: Pitcher Brian Anderson (middle right) of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by his teammates after retiring the Florida Marlins at the end of Game 4 of the 1997 World Series at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Digital Image Only - No Original Only. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT

Flashbacks to the last time the Cubs (1908) and Indians ('48) won the World Series are cool, but even going back only to the last Cleveland AL pennant winner (1997) reveals an amazingly different world.

For instance….

1. If you got online back then you were in the minority, and it was probably through America Online (AOL).

Or you tried to navigate the web via this baby.

Google was founded about 11 months later.

There were no blogs because blog wasn’t a word.

The word "blog" is short for "weblog," a term that has roots in the Miami Valley via Yellow Spring native Jorn Barger. It was shortened to the last four letters by a man named Peter Merholz.

2. There were no iPhones.

Actually, no ‘i’ anything. The iMac debuted in 1998 with iTunes and the iPod coming in three years later.

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SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 26: Steve Jobs of Apple Computer celebrates the release of a new Apple iPod family of products at the California Theatre on October 26, 2004 in San Jose California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Credit: Tim Mosenfelder

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 26: Steve Jobs of Apple Computer celebrates the release of a new Apple iPod family of products at the California Theatre on October 26, 2004 in San Jose California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 26: Steve Jobs of Apple Computer celebrates the release of a new Apple iPod family of products at the California Theatre on October 26, 2004 in San Jose California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Credit: Tim Mosenfelder

Credit: Tim Mosenfelder

Facebook? Twitter? Forget about it.

The most famous social media network came along almost seven years after the (then-Florida) Marlins’ completed their Game 7 rally to claim the championship. Twitter came a couple of years after that.

In between, there was MySpace (let’s never speak of MySpace).

3. Reality TV was scarce.

Survivor? Yeah, that was not a thing. It debuted in spring 2000. Good luck finding a reality show on mainstream broadcast television before that.

Good luck avoiding reality TV now…

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Creator/producer Mark Burnett at the "Survivor:Africa" finale and after-party at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, January 10, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Credit: Kevin Winter

Creator/producer Mark Burnett at the "Survivor:Africa" finale and after-party at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, January 10, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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Creator/producer Mark Burnett at the "Survivor:Africa" finale and after-party at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, January 10, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Credit: Kevin Winter

Credit: Kevin Winter

4. College conference expansion?

In the news last week for deciding not to expand, the Big 12 Conference was a year old in 1997.

It had 12 teams, surprisingly enough, while the Pac-10 had — you guessed it! — 10.

Big Ten had 11 teams, and everyone thought that was weird.

The recently expanded SEC had 12 teams while the ACC had only nine.

5. Top sports teams: The reigning Super Bowl winner was the Green Bay Packers.

The best team in the NBA was the Chicago Bulls, and the Detroit Red Wings possessed the Stanley Cup.

Meanwhile in college football, Michigan and Nebraska were both among the remaining undefeateds…

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6 Dec 1997: Quarterback Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs down the field as nose tackle Marcus Heard of the Texas A&M Aggies chases after him during a game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Nebraska won the game 54-15. Mandatory Credit:

Credit: Brian Bahr

6 Dec 1997:  Quarterback Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs down the field as nose tackle Marcus Heard of the Texas A&M Aggies chases after him during a game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  Nebraska won the game 54-15. Mandatory Credit:
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6 Dec 1997: Quarterback Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs down the field as nose tackle Marcus Heard of the Texas A&M Aggies chases after him during a game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Nebraska won the game 54-15. Mandatory Credit:

Credit: Brian Bahr

Credit: Brian Bahr

6. Music?

The most popular single* according to the Billboard Hot 100 was “Something About the Way you Look Tonight”/”Candle in the Wind” by Elton John, and you were most likely to listen to it via the radio.

Let’s just say without broadband or smartphones there was no streaming your favorite song. You couldn’t even log onto Napster to download it, either, because that service didn’t come along until 1999.

7. The highest-grossing movie was Titanic, starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio.

The rest of the top 10 included a James Bond movie (Tomorrow Never Dies) and flicks starring Will Smith (Men in Black), Harrison Ford (Air Force One), Julia Roberts (My Best Friend's Wedding), Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets) and Bruce Willis (The Fifth Element).

Not too shabby.

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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 23: Actor Tommy Lee Jones (L) and actor Will Smith the spanish premiere of the movie "Men in Black II" July 23, 2002 at Kinepolis Cinema in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Credit: Carlos Alvarez

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 23:  Actor Tommy Lee Jones (L) and actor Will Smith the spanish premiere of the movie "Men in Black II" July 23, 2002 at Kinepolis Cinema in Madrid,  Spain.  (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 23: Actor Tommy Lee Jones (L) and actor Will Smith the spanish premiere of the movie "Men in Black II" July 23, 2002 at Kinepolis Cinema in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Credit: Carlos Alvarez

Credit: Carlos Alvarez

(Note: We relied heavily on Wikipedia, founded in January 2001, for this story.)

*A “single” was a cassette or CD (we only have so much time so you’ll have to figure out what that is on your own) you could buy for like $4 if you didn’t want to spend $16 for an album that was probably 75 percent filler.

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