KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- For the first time since he was traded to the Braves last July, Houston native and former Astros center fielder Michael Bourn faced his old team on Monday. Sure, the game didn't mean much, but Bourn got a chance to reunite with former teammates.
"It's Spring Training and you're going about your business, and trying to see the ball and get at-bats and work on little things," said Bourn, who went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
Bourn was traded to the Braves last year in the deal that brought Jordan Schafer -- Atlanta's former top prospect -- to Houston, as well as three Minor League pitchers. Schafer started in center for the Astros and went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
"It's just another Spring Training game and trying to get ready for the season. But it will be fun to go against my old teammates," said Schafer, who worked out with Martin Prado and Matt Diaz of the Braves in the offseason.
Bourn caught up with several of his old teammates prior to the game, and took some good-natured ribbing from fellow Houston native and close friend, Jason Bourgeois.
"Jason was over there talking noise to me," Bourn said. "Everybody else [said], 'Hello,' and asked how I was doing and I asked how they were doing. I didn't get to see everybody, but I got to see most people. They treated me well over there. I have nothing bad to say. They gave me an opportunity to play for four years, and now I'm with the Braves. That's that."