Interview: Getting to know Toronto Blue Jays Prospect Daniel Norris

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May 17, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; A view of a Toronto Blue Jays ball cap and logo during the game between the Texas Rangers and the Blue Jays at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Norris…On Life

JJ –  I have to ask you about the 78 Volkswagen Westfalia that you camped out in prior to spring training. That thing was awesome. It seems like living a sustainable lifestyle is important to you, is that something that was instilled in you growing up?

DN –  I think simplicity is the key to life. Keeping things merely at what I truly need is how I try to live my life. For me, I just find it unnecessary to always be on the lookout for what’s coming out next or what’s new on the block. As I’ve grown and matured I’ve found interest in seeing how long my things can last. So far in life I’ve found that Patagonia takes the bill in the aspect of clothing. Stuff lasts forever.

JJ –  We understand that you love to surf, but we also know you were born and raised in Johnson City, TN, which by my last account is nowhere near the ocean. How did you come to get into surfing and where do you find the best waves?

DN –  haha yeah. Funny story. It was just one of those things I grew up seeing on TV or in magazines. We were always on the mountain growing up but when I was old enough to travel on my own I decided to teach myself how to ride these walls of water. Best waves for me so far were in Popoyo, Nicaragua.

JJ –  Is there one thing that Blue Jays fans should know about you but probably don’t already know that you’re willing to share?

DN –  I’m really funny. I don’t always make the people around me laugh but I sure appreciate my humor. I think I’m the 2nd funniest person on the earth behind Jimmy Fallon.

Thanks go out to Daniel Norris for taking the time to talk with us and for being a fantastic interview. He was cool enough to answer these questions after pitching 5.1 shut-out innings with 8 strike-outs on Tuesday night.