MLB Prospect Who Signed $2 Million Contract Lives In A Van Behind Walmart (Photos)
Today's superstar athlete is synonymous with big bucks and a lavish lifestyle.
But, what if I told you that wasn't the case for one of baseball's brightest prospects? In fact, it's the complete opposite.
Daniel Norris, 21, is the number-one prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays, and although he earned a $2 million signing bonus in 2011 and has an endorsement deal with Nike, he lives in a $10,000 Volkswagen van in a Florida Walmart parking lot.
On average, he throws a 92 mph fastball and is considered by many to be the future face of the Blue Jays, but Norris is a minimalist in every sense of the word.
Not only does he live in an old van, which he repairs himself with duct tape when necessary, he also took an offseason job working 40 hours a week at an outdoor clothing gear store in his native Johnson City, Tennessee.
While his teammates and coaches can't quite fathom why Norris lives such a life -- he cooks on a portable stove stored in the van and makes his own coffee -- it's simply the only way he knows.
A traveler, surfer and environmentalist, this ball player was shaped by working in a small bike shop with his father and grandfather. He's also made it known he wants to have his photography published in the Patagonia catalog.