"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.'' Baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby.
Chaim Bloom knows it could be worse.
While he awaits baseball's pandemic shutdown to end, it's not winter, especially since Bloom is waiting out the pandemic in St. Petersburg with his wife and two young sons.
But it's not very fun, either. Like most of us, Bloom is confined to home, even if the weather is warmer where he quarantines. There's a decided ''Groundhog Day'' feel to his life, as he and his wife plow through the day, juggling professional and patenting responsibilities while battling boredom.
For the newly-installed chief baseball officer, each day is the same. There are no contract negotiations to finish, and with rosters frozen, no trades to be made. The amateur draft will take place next month, but in a drastically reduced fashion. And with no college or high school games being played, Bloom can't even cross-check his own organization's scouting reports.
When asked to describe his daily work flow for the past six weeks, Bloom couldn't stifle a chuckle.
"I'm not sure if you could say that there really is a work flow, to be honest,'' Bloom told BostonSportsJournal.com. "with two working parents and two small children in the house. We make it work on a daily basis, but I don't know that there's necessarily any flow to it. It's a constant juggling act. There have definitely been some nice things about being around my family so much, especially after a winter where, I didn't see them very much (as his wife and children remained in Florida while Bloom worked out of his Fenway office). I probably spent more time away from them than I have in any time in my career. So it's been nice to be with them, although these aren't the circumstances we would have wanted.