ANAHEIM -- Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes, who grew up in the shadows of Angel Stadium, wanted his teammates to experience the best of Southern California while they were in his hometown.
Barnes gave the keys of his car to one of the clubhouse attendants prior to Saturday's game and had him deliver 24 double-doubles from the famous California-based hamburger chain, In-N-Out Burger. As far as Barnes is concerned, they're the best burgers around.
"I know a lot of guys haven't had it before and it's a good thing to bring it in," Barnes said. "When you're on the road, it's hard to go places when you don't have a car and you have to rely on a cab. I have a car here, so I thought I'd bring some in and help everyone out with lunch and stuff."
Only the players who got to the ballpark early got to enjoy the burgers, and so did the entire coaching staff, including manager Bo Porter.
"Everybody loves In-N-Out burger," Barnes said. "It's my favorite burger, so I thought I'd bring it in."
Barnes has made similar gestures to help out his team in the past. Suring Spring Training last year, he fouled off a ball in batting practice that shattered the watch of former manager Brad Mills, and the next day Barnes showed up with a new watch for the skipper.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.