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*THE FUTURE* of the Toronto Blue Jays wakes up in a 1978 Volkswagen camper behind the dumpsters at a Wal-Mart and wonders if he has anything to eat. He rummages through a half-empty cooler until he finds a dozen eggs. "I'm not sure about these," he says, removing three from the carton, studying them, smelling them and finally deciding it's safe to eat them. While the eggs cook on a portable stove, he begins the morning ritual of cleaning his van, pulling the contents of his life into the parking lot. Out comes a surfboard. Out comes a subzero sleeping bag. Out comes his only pair of jeans and his handwritten journals. A curious shopper stops to watch. "Hiya," Daniel Norris says, waving as the customer walks away into the store. Norris turns back to his eggs. "I've gotten used to people staring," he says.
"It's like a yin-and-yang thing for me," he says. "I'm not going to change who I am just because people think it's weird. The only way I'm going to have a great season is by starting out happy and balanced and continuing to be me. It might be unconventional, but to feel good about life I need to have some adventure."
It unsettled him in those first months to see so many zeros on his bank account balance -- "Who am I to deserve that?" he wondered. "What have I really done?"
...so he hired financial advisers and asked them to stash the money in conservative investments where Norris wouldn't have to think about it.
So what does he do with the money he makes from baseball? Surely he doesn't need those millions to live in a van, right? Does he just give it away?
He's still getting paid huge sums of money so what's the difference?
I should also add, I don't care how much athletes get. If they have the skills that demand millions, more power to them.
His financial advisor ties it all up in conservative investments and deposits $800 dollars into his account each month to cover travel and living expenses.
His hand isn't out waiting for it to be filled like some others. Lack of entitlement.
Since when is running with a ball, hitting a ball or putting a ball through a hoop considered a "skill" that is justifiably proportionate to what they get compensated?