The city of Houston celebrates with the Astros

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HOUSTON — WITH SIX outs left before the Houston Astros won the first World Series in franchise history, an Ethiopian driver named Daniel drove me to a tattoo parlor west of downtown. He arrived in Houston the year after the Astros’ last World Series appearance, landing at the airport without knowing a single person in the country. The first time he saw the freeways, he panicked, wondering why in the world he’d come to this frightening place to be a driver. Now he loves this city.

While we rode, he listened to the game on 790 AM. He didn’t really understand what the announcers were saying.

“Do you know the rules?” I asked.

“I have no idea,” he said, laughing. “I support them because our city is winning.”

We listened to the final two innings and when the game ended, he pumped his fist.

“Wow,” he said softly.

A few minutes later, I went inside to meet Herc Lopez at Electric Chair Tattoo. Inside, the postgame interviews were beginning on TV. Herc had

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