Several months after getting traded, Michael Bourn is just fine with being an ex-Astro. No hard feelings, no regrets. Beyond the fact that Bourn understands that trades are part of the game, he is now the lead-off hitter and starting centerfielder for a team expected to compete for a playoff spot.
"I had no problem with (the trade)," said Bourn Monday during his first trip to Houston as a member of the Atlanta Braves. "I didn't take any offense by them trading me. I heard about it that morning and I was off to Atlanta after they told me. The Astros gave me an opportunity to play and they were good to me. I have nothing bad to say about them."
Bourn was sent to the Braves July 31 for OF Jordan Schafer, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Paul Clemens and RHP Juan Abreu as the Astros were undergoing the process of cutting the payroll prior to the sale of the club to Jim Crane.
Bourn was immediately inserted at the top of the Braves' batting order and he experienced the pressures of a pennan...