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Daniel Norris continues to rep for those who live in vans down by the river, homers in first at-bat

Daniel Norris crushes homer in first plate appearance

Tales arose at the beginning of the season of a man whose fastball was as electric as his desire to meet singer Jack Johnson, whose idea of a perfect day was surfing into a beautiful Hawaiian sunset and who lived in a van down by a river

No, we're not talking about famed motivational speaker Matt Foley, we're talking about former-Blue-Jays-pitching-prospect-now-Tigers-starting-pitcher Daniel Norris. His team is in Chicago taking on the Cubs this week and on Tuesday, the 22-year-old showed off some power during BP -- shamelessly breaking Wrigley Field's brand new videoboard:

And in his very first Major League at-bat during his start on Wednesday night, Norris deposited one over the center-field fence:


He's the first AL pitcher to homer in his first plate appearance since Esteban Yan (2000) and the first AL pitcher to EVER homer at Wrigley Field.

And, most importantly, according to our research, he's the first to do it while hailing from a van down by the river.

Unfortunately, Norris exited the game with a right oblique strain in the fifth inning. He allowed three runs and four hits, while striking out six. The Tigers won, 15-8.

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