With school closed for the holidays and family outings hampered by obstructive mounds of snow, winter break is the perfect time to break out some board games.
From the classic chess and backgammon to newfangled Blokus and Scene It?, board games are great ways for families to spend time together without having to resort to meaningful conversation.
Ironically, this time of year isn't a break for the people who play baseball, a professional game.
Some teams are trying to better themselves before the 2010 season, while others are trying to deal with the expensive mistakes they made last season. And still more clubs are simply standing pat and hoping their fans can find something else to worry about until Spring Training.
Here's a look at how some teams' off-season strategies compare to the board games we all know and love.