It's hard to imagine a more timely teaching moment than the one Indians executives Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff shared with a roomful of winter development players at Progressive Field recently.

The Streak was a nightly wonder. Former prospects now making history in the big-league clubhouse wandered the halls while Chernoff introduced a game of "Name the Player" to an eager and captive audience.

"(Mike) started off by saying, 'OK, who am I?,' Antonetti began. "I'm a fourth-round pick. I got traded when I was in Double-A. I was 25 years old, got traded for a guy who only had two months left on his contract.

"I had a 5.00 ERA in Triple-A. I got optioned four times after I made my major-league debut.

"Oh by the way I also won a Cy Young and might be winning a second.' Right? We can't know those things, and nor do we try to pretend to."

The specific message: Don't let anyone, yourself included, put limits on you.