Daniel Norris has spent past offseasons driving across the country in a van, surfing off the coast of Nicaragua and hiking through the mountains of Hawaii. His biggest trip this offseason was a trek last week to Matthew Boyd’s home in Seattle, complete with a trip down memory lane.
It was a fitting stop for where both Tigers pitchers are in their careers and their lives as they head into what could be a defining season for both of them.
“He’s Uncle Daniel to my kids pretty much. They love him,” Boyd said Monday on a video conference with reporters. “They think he’s like Santa Claus with his beard.”
The Tigers are holding interviews with a series of players and coaches this week to look ahead to Spring Training. Fittingly, Boyd and Norris led off the week, two pitchers and personalities who have become part of the face of the team in the youth movement of the last few years. They’ve also been tied together for years through two organizations.