I have a rule that I learned from Jason Giambi when I was with Oakland. On a plane ride less than two hours, no one is allowed to sleep. That was our rule in Oakland, even if we had played a night game and it was one o'clock in the morning.
Since the teams charter plans and the players are the only ones on board, the way Jason saw it, a plane ride is one of the few times the whole team is together, so it's a chance to relax in each other's company. Typically, there is no media on board. We could play cards. We could blast our music...
...The only players we allowed to sleep were Curt Schilling and Bronson Arroyo, who slept all the time. The card players were Millar, Kapler, Varitek, Doug Mirabellie, and me. Later in the year I began playing Boo Ray, a game similar to Hearts, with the coaches.
Mark Bellhorn and I are pretty good card players. Gabe Kapler is the best at Texas Hold 'Em. Mark was pretty good at that, too.
When we play poker, each player buys $200 worth of chips. If you lose your money, you're gone from the game. The one guy who shouldn't ever play is David Ortiz, who sometimes wins, but when he loses, he loses big.