WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For the first time in 13 years, Josh Lindblom is home in April.
Lindblom was set to begin his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers, but with Major League Baseball suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Harrison and Purdue graduate is back in Lafayette.
Lindblom believes baseball will return this year.
Until that time comes, the 32-year-old is "trying to fill the hours like everybody else."
Lindblom lifts, throws and runs at his home. However, those workouts only consume so much of his day.
Lindblom is spending a lot of time with his wife and three children: Palmer, Presley and Monroe.
He plays board games instead of baseball games.
He watches movies, not game film. Lindblom and his wife recently watched Netflix's Tiger King.
It's been an adjustment, but the experience has given Lindblom a new perspective on life.
"Baseball is my job," Lindblom said. "I do it all year round. "To step back from that and see I am a husband first and a father — I've got these other responsibilites that sometimes unfortunately kind of get pushed off because of baseball. Now there's no excuse because I don't have anything else that's vying for my time. There will become a time when baseball comes back. That balance is going to be hard. I will have to be even more aware of when it happens when I kind of slack off on those other duties that I am responsible for."
Prior to signing a three-year contract with the Brewers, Lindblom pitched in the Korean Baseball Organization.
Over the course his five-year stint in the KBO, Lindblom earned MVP honors once and was a two-time winner of the MLB's version of the Cy Young Award.