“Having a lot of money shouldn’t change you”Daniel Norris: THE baseball star WHO eschews his millions
Daniel Norris puts US$20’s worth of petrol in his camper van. Then he drives as far as it will take him. He looks for somewhere to park up for the night, ideally on a beach. He then heats up a quick dinner on the gas cooker and chills out to music from the car radio. The sun sets, and Norris wraps himself up for the night in a sleeping bag. The next morning, he starts looking for another petrol station and repeats. This is how Norris spends some of his time when he’s not doing his day job. He’s a pitcher for Major League Baseball team the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s also a millionaire.
People like Norris are hard to explain. He signed his first pro contract with the Blue Jays in 2011, but the only purchase he made with his $2 million signing bonus was a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia.
A millionaire, who doens’t like being one
Daniel Norris has been with the Toronto Blue Jays since 2011; first in the draft and then, as of 2014, in Major League Baseball.
This year Norris was named in the MLB’s list of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball (number three).
Norris was 18 and fresh out of high school. He paid $10,000 for his VW and christened it “Shaggy”. Now 22, Norris is one of the fastest pitchers in the league, throwing the ball at speeds in excess of 150kph. But he hasn’t spent much of his bonus or his salary. Instead, his advisers look after his money and deposit $800 each month into his bank account. He’s happier this way, saying, “Who am I to deserve that? What have I really done?”
During much of the off-season you can find Norris in his camper van, driving to spring training in Florida from his hometown in Tennessee. “The simplicity is the most appealing thing,” he told GrindTV. “I grew up with a simple lifestyle and in my mind, there’s no need for luxury, or at least in society’s sense of the word.”