Yahoo- As we learned on Wednesday, top Toronto Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris’ offseason preparation consists of spending several weeks living in a van down by the ocean. No, this isn’t a Saturday Night Live skit coming to life, but that’s the first thought that comes to mind. While Norris’ 1978 Volkswagen van isn’t his permanent residence, for the third straight year it’s serving as his transportation to spring training in Dunedin, Florida and his gateway to finding peace of mind before a new season begins. According to MiLB.com’s Josh Jackson, the 21-year-old left-hander makes the trek from his home in Johnson City, Tennessee, to Dunedin, but goes out of his way to make frequent stops to surf or go on other adventures that appeal to his outdoorsy nature. He’s equipped to cook his own meals and make his own morning coffee, so the Blue Jays don’t have to worry about frequent trips to nearby fast food restaurants. With that said though, the team is fully aware of his adventures and aren’t keen on them.
“[The Blue Jays] have expressed concern as far as living in the van. For them, it’s just, ‘Why?’ They’ve kind of said, ‘Well, we don’t think that’s a very good idea.’ I said, ‘You’ve got to understand, I’ve been doing stuff like this my whole life,’” explained Norris.
“They’ve kind of said, ‘Well, OK, but we don’t get it,’ and I’m kind of like, ‘I don’t expect you to get it — that’s OK.’”
The Blue Jays may not understand or like Norris’ approach, but it’s working for him. He’ll enter camp next month as the No. 25 prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, which indicates he has the physical tools to pitch in the big leagues. For him, though, there’s obviously a balance that needs to be achieved to uphold the mental side, and being in the outdoors gives him that balance.
“Being outdoors and in the outdoor world — all the activities out there — the action sports are a workout by themselves,” he said. “Obviously, I am getting my [baseball] work in. I am in the gym a lot during the offseason, but I really want to make sure I get out and do something in the mountains or go on a surfing trip as much as I can.
“I went on a number of hikes this year, just because I live in the mountains. I took a couple [shorter] surf trips down in South Carolina. It’s important to take a few days and enjoy some peace and quiet. I’m always going on journeys and hoping to find a little adventure. The offseason, I try to be surrounded by journeys, camping out and stuff.”
Hey kid how about you just live in a house like the rest of us and dont do anything to jeopardize your eventual life as a bazillionaire, ok? I mean I’m not trying to say living in a 1978 Volkswagon van down by the ocean is gonna ruin your arm or anything, but I dunno, how about you just get a fucking apartment near the ocean? With a real bed and shit. A kitchen. A bathroom. I’m not an MLB scout but I cant imagine a dude living like a hobo in a van eating fast food all the time is the best way to prep for the season. Get your hippie dippy shit out of here, bro. Buy some actual shelter, throw some chew in your mouth, and strike motherfuckers out. Tobacco is natural right? Keep in touch with mother nature with that and ditch the whole homeless shtick. You’re not a Boy Scout you’re a professional baseball player.
PS - “[The Blue Jays] have expressed concern as far as living in the van. “We dont think its a very good idea” is hilarious. You know John Gibbons is like “What? This fucking kid wants to live in a fan?” I guess you cant tell someone where to live but I’m sure the whole organization is like “We’d really really really prefer you to live in a goddam house as opposed to a Volkswagon Van.”
PPS – You think he smashes in that thing? He’s the 25th best prospect in all of baseball so theres no doubt he gets pussy but I dont think he’s well known enough to be like “wanna come back to my van?’ Sounds super rapey and homeless. Probably gets a bunch of hippie ass though. Fuckin in a VW like its 1969.