“Having a lot of money shouldn’t change you”Daniel Norris: The baseball star who ignores his millions
Daniel Norris puts $20 worth of gas in his camper van. Then he drives as far as it will take him. He looks for somewhere to stay for the night, ideally on a beach. Then he heats up a quick dinner on the gas stove 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 gas 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 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.
The millionaire, who doesn’t like being one
Daniel Norris has been with the Toronto Blue Jays since 2011.
This year Norris was named to the MLB’s list of the best left-handed prospects in baseball.
Norris was 18 years old and fresh out of high school. He paid $10,000 for his VW and christened it “Shaggy.”
Now 22, Norris is one of the league’s hardest throwers, his fastball clocking over 90 mph.. But he hasn’t spent much of his bonus or his salary. Instead, his advisers look after his money and deposit $800 into his bank account each month. He’s happier this way. He told ESPN recently, “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. “I can’t be by myself all the time,” he went on to say. “I can’t live the total minimalist life. I guess I’m going to have to figure out where and when to give in. How much is necessary?”