Blue Jays prospect lives in a van down by the ocean
When you think of MLB players, you think big money. Max Scherzer's recent $210 million contract comes to mind.
But a lot of money doesn't always equal a fancy lifestyle. Just ask Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris. Norris is ranked 25th on MLB.com's top 100 prospects
and he's living in a van by the ocean.
If you're familiar with Saturday Night Live you immediately think of Chris Farley's classic sketch
. But Norris' situation isn't like that. He's living in a van because that's what he enjoys.
"I love the outdoors. I grew up in the outdoors and that's why I love it. I'm passionate about it -- being able to be with the environment and having a relationship with it on a personal level, because you're living in it," Norris said to MILB.com
. "My dad's had [the mountain bike shop] for 35 years. His dad had it before him. I've been mountain biking my whole life. I've been hiking my whole life."
According to the National Post, Norris received a $2 million signing bonus in 2011. He says the Blue Jays are aware of his living situation.
"[The Blue Jays] have expressed concern as far as living in the van. For them, it's just, 'Why?' They've kind of said, 'Well, we don't think that's a very good idea.' I said, 'You've got to understand, I've been doing stuff like this my whole life,'" explained Norris.
"They've kind of said, 'Well, OK, but we don't get it,' and I'm kind of like, 'I don't expect you to get it -- that's OK.'"
Norris' 1978 Volkswagen van isn't his permanent residence, but he's used it as his transportation from his hometown in Johnson City, Tennessee, to Dunedin, Fla., home of Blue Jays spring training. Along his journey he purposely makes stops along the way to surf or take part in other outdoors adventures. He even cooks his own meals and makes his own coffee.He said his teammates think he's weird, but that doesn't stop him from living the life he wants. "It's fun living like this and I love it, but sometimes you get frustrated if, like, the stove won't light or it's getting cramped and crowded with all your stuff in the van. It really teaches you to make the most of what you get."