Bourn loves mom, but won't mess with mojo

Bourn loves mom, but won't mess with mojo

ST. LOUIS -- Carrie Bourn knows all about baseball superstitions. After all, her son, Atlanta center fielder Michael Bourn, has plenty of those idiosyncrasies.

So Michael realizes that mom will understand when he keeps his distance from her over the next few days.

The 29-year-old Bourn is on fire of late and he will not mess with the winning mojo. Michael sent his mom some roses for Mother's Day -- but that's all for now.

"I'm on a roll, man, I can't see her," Bourn says. "I'm limited to what I can do."

Bourn, who is at the end of one of the best road swings of his career, plans on reconnecting with Carrie after his bat slows down a bit.

"I'll make it up to her," he said. "But for now, it's got to be this way."

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Carrie Bourn, 62, is Michael's biggest supporter -- and vice versa. Bourn considers the term, "mama's boy," a compliment. He lives close to the Houston house where he grew up with Carrie and his father, Raymond. He spends a good majority of his free time hanging around with his parents, especially Carrie.

"She's a special lady to me," Bourn said. "One of a kind. And I mean that."

Bourn has hit safely in 27 of the Braves' 34 contests. He is 6-for-12 in the first two games of the three-game set in St. Louis. Thanks in part to Bourn, who triggers the attack from his leadoff spot, the Braves have scored two runs in the first inning of the last two games on the way to 9-7 and 7-2 victories.

The former University of Houston standout is 14-for-34 through the first eight games of the nine-day trip, and has reached base via a hit or walk in 54 of his last 113 plate appearances.

Carrie Bourn watches all the Braves games on television and keeps tabs on every one of her son's at-bats.

"She is special," Michael said. "Anybody that has a mother knows that. Without her, [I] wouldn't be in this game. You thank her every year you have her. You cherish these moments."

Bourn, who is second in the National League with 15 multihit games, will step to the plate with a pink bat on Sunday in honor of his mother and Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Bourn took a .333 average into play Sunday.