Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Baltimore Sun's 10 Year Anniversary Series: Lonny Baxter

When the expense reports are turned in for the Baltimore Sun's "Where Are They Now?" series about the 2002 National Championship team, I bet the phone bill will be interesting. That's because in today's installment, they interview Lonny Baxter (1998-2002), who is playing in Siberia this season. Here's your excerpt; now go read the whole thing.
The past six years have seen Baxter play for five different teams in five European countries. He played on a championship team in Greece, as well as in Italy, Spain and Turkey, and is now in his second season in the Russian League. His team is located in Kraysnovarsk, a city of a little less than a million people in Siberia.

It is a place that author Anton Checkov once called "the most beautiful city in Siberia." Baxter said that he has grown accustomed to the long road trips to play other Russian teams, as well as to the culture that is far different than any country he has played in since leaving the United States.

"When I heard that the team was in Siberia, I thought, 'What the ...'" Baxter said in a telephone interview this week. "Once you get there, it’s not so bad. It’s different. It’s in the middle of nowhere. But it’s not as bad as it seems."

Also, the Sun finally has a page bringing together the entire "Where Are They Now?" project, with links to all of the stories in the series.

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