When 21-year-old Daniel Norris got a $2 million signing bonus to pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays one of the first things he decided to do was buy his dream car… Which just happens to be a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia bus where he lives simply from. Yes. This is also his home.
The young man is from Johnson City, Tennessee and the people who know him definitely think he’s a little weird for his lifestyle choices. But at the same time, they find him interesting. According to GrindTV, Norris says, “I knew after I signed that I was going to get a Volkswagen van. It was my dream car.”
Now the van is set up with solar panels and all. And Daniel uses it to travel to practice training, to adventure, to surf, to go hiking, and more. Doesn’t this story inspire you to consider a similar or just simpler lifestyle? I encourage you to enjoy the rest of this story below and re-share it if you want to. Thanks.
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Millionaire Pro Major League Baseball Player is also a Van Dweller
Photo © Daniel Norris
Photo © Katherine Williams
Photo © Katherine Williams
Video: Wealthy Pro Baseball Player Chooses Living the Simple Van Life in his VW Van
As Major League pitcher and cancer survivor, Daniel Norris is used to taking some hard knocks. But living out of his van during the offseason provides a sort of “reset” button for the everyday grind.
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The Millionaire Major League Baseball Pitcher that Lives in a VW Van
Daniel Norris signed a bonus worth just over $2 million to join the Blue Jays organization out of high school. While life on the road becomes normal for any pro athlete, the 21-year-old takes things to the next level by spending his summers living in a Volkswagen camper van. VICE Sports traveled down to Blue Jays Spring Training to meet one of the sport’s top pitching prospects.
“Norris’ lifestyle was shaped by his father, who used the family bike shop not just for business but as a way to spread a message: Play outdoors. Love the earth. Live simply. Use only what you need.” –ESPN2
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