Sign up FAST! Login

Top Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris lives by his own code


Stashed in: Baseball, Nike!, Florida!

To save this post, select a stash from drop-down menu or type in a new one:

 The Van Man has a consistent 92-mile-an-hour fastball, a $2 million signing bonus, a deal with Nike and a growing fan club, yet he has decided the best way to prepare for the grind of a 162-game season is to live here, in the back of a 1978 Westfalia camper he purchased for $10,000. The van is his escape from the pressures of the major leagues, his way of dropping off the grid before a season in which his every movement will be measured, catalogued and analyzed.

If a baseball life requires notoriety, the van offers seclusion.

If pitching demands repetition and exactitude, the van promises freedom.

"It's like a yin-and-yang thing for me," he says. "I'm not going to change who I am just because people think it's weird. The only way I'm going to have a great season is by starting out happy and balanced and continuing to be me. It might be unconventional, but to feel good about life I need to have some adventure."

He lives in a van? Down by the river?

Is he Canadian?

Daniel Norris is from Tennessee but he's a Florida Man now, camping in a WalMart parking lot.

And he doesn't want to stop doing that despite playing for Major League Baseball?

That says something wonderful about Volkswagen, doesn't it?

Yes, I'm surprised they're not sponsoring him.

OK I'm looking up the rules for pot-smoking in MLB...

Are there any rules for pot smoking in Major League Baseball?

You May Also Like: