MLB Player Uses $2 Million To Buy Hippie Van, Lives Out Of It To Surf
So much was made of J.J. Watt buying a cabin in the middle of nowhere (in Wisconsin) to train during the NFL off season.
MLB pitcher Daniel Norris, 22, takes simple and rugged to the next level, however.
Despite the fact that Norris, who plays for the Toronto Blue Jays, inked a $2 million signing bonus, he is living in a 1978 Volkswagen microbus.
“It was a really cool experience for me, learning how to be self-sustainable. That’s just kind of how my mom and dad raised me: Learn to live on what you truly need and not really anything more.” (National Post)
Norris named his hippie van ‘Shaggy,’ after the Scooby-Doo cartoon character. He packs it with surf boards in the off season, and drives around the coasts looking for the perfect wave.
He even drove from his home in Tennessee to Florida, the location of spring training for the Blue Jays. Along the way, he hit various surfing spots before training got underway.
“I’ve been different my whole life,” he says. “I’ve always dressed weird. In high school, I always wore weird shoes that nobody else really wore. I was always different. But that’s just kind of the way I was raised so I was always comfortable in it. I never really cared. I knew I was goofy but I kept quiet. I never really talked much.”
We can’t make athletes fit in a box. They’re just like you or I: humans with diverse interests and a yearning to experience the basics of life.
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