Daniel Norris (@DanielNorris18) is better than you.
After all, he’s a big league pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. He battled in the minors from 2012 until this past September when he was called up to pitch under the bright lights. He’ll continue that battle this spring, trying to break into the Blue Jay’s starting rotation. At 21 years old, he’s already earned millions of dollars.
But what makes him better than you is that he eschews the hectic high life that most young millionaire athletes quickly get trapped in. And he lives in a van.
But his sweet 1978 VW van is not parked down by the river (I had to eventually go there). Instead, it is his chosen method of dealing with the nomadic lifestyle that his minor, and now major league baseball career has forced on him.
In about two weeks when other Toronto pitchers start reporting for Florida spring training in all types of chartered planes and other luxury transport, he’ll roll up in his home on wheels. He’s very familiar with it, as he’s spent the summer travelling the country and chronicling it via social media.
He’s taken up the challenge of maintaining the simple life he grew up with, despite his vocation. So far, so good.
Of course the van has a name. And that name is Shaggy.