News Yuli Gurriel: Miami Marlins 1B reunites with Houston Astros for first time since free agent signing in spring training game

Marlins first baseman Yuli Gurriel faced off against his former team, the Houston Astros, for the first time since starting in free agency.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 02:58

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (KTRK) — If only Astros fans were blades of grass during a tender moment captured on camera…

As the Houston Astros begin to wrap up their 2023 spring training in Florida, the team got to face one of the club’s most beloved players in years.

The video above is from a profile on Gurriel in 2017.

Yuli Gurriel started for the Miami Marlins as his new team took on his former team in West Palm Beach on Tuesday.

The game, which resulted in a 2-1 Astros victory, is Gurriel’s first against Houston. The teams played each other four times in spring training, but Tuesday was the first baseman’s chance to take the field against the ‘Stros.

The 39-year-old Cuban had three hits and a hit off Houston’s Ronel Blanco, who is expected to make the Opening Day roster, while playing first base in the first six innings.

The match featured a heartwarming moment captured by the Astros and posted on the club’s @LosAstros account. Gurriel and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman were shown in different uniforms and talking in the infield.

“Te extraño,” tweeted Bregman’s quote, which is translated into English, “miss you.”

There could be another chance for a regular season reunion, if Miami keeps Gurriel on its roster. The Astros will visit the Marlins for a three-game series, Aug. 14-16.

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