One thing I've done differently this off-season is to shut it down most weekends and take a few days off. After Thursday night's First Pitch is done, I know I can go out with my friends that night and the rest of the weekend, along with catching up on all of the TV I missed throughout the week. I'm hoping this will avoid burnout in September, which seems to happen each year. If anything, it does mean that I get to stay current on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Today I was watching Thursday's episode of The Daily Show, which featured a great segment about the debate between "Makers and Takers". I'll start out by saying that I hate discussing politics. There are actually three things I hate to discuss with people: politics, religion, and sports. In my mind, those are the three thi...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.