Professional athletes almost always live lives of luxury. From Floyd Mayweather acting like a multi-million dollar fool on Instagram to Yoenis Cespedes driving the batmobile, it’s easy to assume that this is the life every professional athlete lives.
Not Andrew Chafin.
The 25-year-old Diamondbacks reliever is living in a 42-foot Keystone Fuzion Toy Hauler RV at the moment. Chafin told the Arizona Republic on Friday that he’s doing it to save money– he said he’s paying half as much as he did in rent last season. He has not bought a house in Arizona yet because he said he’s not ready to make that commitment.
“I’m not surrounded by houses and busy roads and stuff; it’s peace and quiet,” Chafin said to the Arizona Republic. “It’s like being back home and being out in the woods, that kind of thing, just able to get away from stuff.”
Chafin, who grew up in rural Ohio, has his Toy Hauler is packed with several outdoor amenities. This includes a fishing boat and hunting gear. It also has the modern indoor stuff too, with a 55-inch T.V., an Xbox afridge filled wit beer and a king-sized bed. In many ways, it’s a king’s trailer.
“He’s got his camper, his truck and his boat. He’s like a walking country song,” Diamondbacks physics professor and pitcher Josh Collmenter said of Chafin’s living arrangment.
The 25-year-old Chafin recorded a 2.76 ERA and 148 ERA+ in 66 games last season. If he can consistently put those numbers up, he won’t be living in an RV for much longer.
But before you go starting a GoFundMe page for him, it’s important to note that Chafin made $492,540 last season. He’s not as broke as Kanye.