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Daniel Norris, a Baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, lives out of a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia van despite earning a $2 million signing bonus.
Indeed, he seems quite different from his partners as he chose another way of life. He couldn’t imagine himself living between four walls with all the modern comfort you can get nowadays. He’d rather exchange all those secondary things for this priceless freedom.
He grew up roaming the racks of tires and helmets at his father’s mountain bike shop in Tennessee, a local haven for outdoorsmen that had been in the family for two generations. On the weekends, his family used to ride bikes and go camping. He picked up rock climbing from his sister, practiced kayaking and backpacking as part of his daily grind. In short, he’s been inspired by his family roots and understood early what essentials things are.
Norris says life on the road keeps him humble and on a certain way close from his roots and his education.
“I knew after I signed with the Blue Jays that I was going to get a Volkswagen van, it was my dream car. His van named « Shaggy » wasn’t even for sale when he got it. By word of mouth, he was able to find this mustard-yellow 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia microb