It was strange for Drew Stubbs to come to Great American Ball Park on Monday and go to the visitor’s clubhouse, and it was even stranger to see Mike Leake on the mound, he said.

“I had so many good friends and relationships here, you can’t even count them on your hands,” Stubbs said before Monday’s 4-2 Reds victory over the Indians, his first game in Cincinnati since the trade that brought Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati last offseason. “It’s nice to see everybody, but luckily for me we’re right there in spring training and I got to see everyone and get all that out of the way early. That takes some of the weird feeling out of it, because I’ve already experienced being out on the field with them across the way.”

Stubbs received a warm welcome from the Cincinnati crowd when he led off the third inning, but a less hospitable how-do-you-do from friend and former teammate Zack Cozart, the Reds’ shortstop.

In his first at-bat, the Indians’ right fielder hit a broken-bat grounder past the mound. Cozart, knowing he had to hurry to get the speedy Stubbs, barehanded the ball and quickly threw to first as his momentum pushed him over straight into the ground, only to look up and see the throw beat Stubbs to the bag by a full step.

“I was giving him a hard time out there on second base. He said, ‘Man, I didn’t think I had a shot.’ But he made a great play. You’ve got to give him credit,” Stubbs said afterward. “He’s a great player out there at short and I saw him make a lot of those plays when I was playing behind him.”