I LOVE THE SMELL OF JET FUEL IN THE MORNING …

It means I’m at the airport on my way to spring training.

I just wanted to take a few moments to express my verklemptedness (is that a word?) at the outpouring of calls, IMs, e-mails etc. from our listeners and readers on Friday during our last ATM radio show … it’s been a great and memorable year sharing the airwaves with Jonathan, attached at the cyberhip, and I will miss that fun, but I’m also exciting about the new challenges that the Bottom Line show and baseballchannel.tv will offer.

For one thing, it inspired me to get my hair cut for the first time in about 25 years (well, cut in the manner of "actual style that might look OK on video," not cut as in "take an inch or two off but leave the style the same as I’ve had it since I was 8 years old").

But more video means more travel, more getting out to ballparks I’ve never seen and more chances to talk to and watch more players … and that is all good.

And it’s not just about the players (though that is of course a huge part of it) … it’s also going to be about the teams, the stadiums, the communities, and all the things that set the Minors apart from the Majors.

So if there is something special or unusual or unique or just plain fun about your favorite Minor League team or town that you think would make a good segment for the video show, please don’t be afraid to post it here and tell us about it! Trust me, we’re always looking for ideas and who better to come up with them than the Minor League fans who are there in the field, so to speak.

For now, though, it’s all about spring training for me for the next few weeks … I’ll be bringing you notebooks from the Minor League camps of 10 organizations and am stoked, geeked, you name it to get down to Florida. And equally looking forward to sharing the stories on the blog as well …

I can taste that cream of she-crab soup at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille already!

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