You wouldn't believe it if I told you the future star pitcher of the Toronto Blue Jays wakes up every morning in a 1978 Volkswagen camper behind some dumpsters at the local Wal-Mart. Daniel Norris has chose to live in a van, even though he is one of baseball's top-ranked prospects.
Norris recently signed a bonus worth just over $2 million to join the Blue Jays organization out of high school. Obviously many professional athletes spend a lot of time on the road, traveling for training and games. This 21-year-old takes this on the road lifestyle to a whole different level.
The "Van Man", as the Wal-Mart employees call him, has a consistent 92-mile-an-hour fastball, a deal with Nike, a growing fan club, and the previously mentioned $2 million signing bonus. Why on earth does he live in a van?
For Norris this is how he wants to live his life. He was born in a family that values and popularizes a simple belief system: play outdoors, love the earth, live simply, and use only what you need. It's the same reason why he didn't go on a Carribbean cruise with teammates, but rather traveled alone in the hostels of Nicaragua, renting a motorcycle for $2 a day, hiking into the jungle, and surfing with stingrays.
In a way it makes sense that he is a pitcher. Just like he solidarity in life, fending for himself and solving his own problems; Norris is alone on the mound, solving his own problems.