Short stories from long runs

This blog about my run and training

Any baseball fans out there? Yeah? Have you heard of the Van Man, Daniel Norris? Because he’s awesome.

Also, not terrible looking.

And, apparently, a good sport. Teammate R.A. Dickey stole his van — his HOME — a week or two ago, and drove it onto the infield.

So, this guy is a millionaire and the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospect. He grew up in an outdoorsy and down to earth family and despite being drafted straight out of high school, maintained a part-time job at an outdoor retailer so he’d have opportunities to get outside to camp, backpack, and kayak. He lives in a VW bus, works out in the Walmart parking lot where he lives, and keeps a thought journal that he writes in by the light of his camp headlamp.

Like I said, he’s the man.

With number of violent, despicable sports stories that overwhelm sports media, I’m so encouraged when I see someone humble, down-to-earth, and true to himself. On the same note, I loved the lengthy profile of family-man Ken Griffey Jr. featured on Bleacher Report last week. Compare Griffey and A-Rod, right? Yikes.

Have an authentic, simple, kick-ass-life weekend.