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Aaron Harang has a great sense of humor.

Aaron Harang has a great sense of humor. Photo by Pamela Wilson

The Super Soaker is gone. The Dodgers traded Aaron Harang to the Rockies yesterday, and, BAM! He was designated for assignment. The pitching-rich Dodgers got a backup catcher in 36-year-old Ramon Hernandez, and Harang got the possibility of being a starter for whichever team picks him up. So it’s a win-win. Except for fans of his hijinx, like me.

Harang Fans 9 StraightWhile it didn’t happen as often as I would have liked last season, it was so much fun to watch this giant of a man crouch with impish glee in the dugout waiting for just the right moment to spring out with a water cannon and douse whichever teammate did something special. He was pretty stealthy for 6-foot-7. And he always had a look on his face like a kid playing paintball, as if he were on a super-covert operation and would be killed if discovered. I’ll miss that.

And remember the time he broke a team record and fanned nine batters in a row? I do. He could be really good on the mound, and really fun in the clubhouse. That’s the kind of Dodger I like to cheer for. Adios, Aamigo!

Left hander Clayton Kershaw reminds me of  old-timey Dodger greats Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

Left hander Clayton Kershaw reminds me of old-timey Dodger greats Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

I know I’m not the only Dodger fan who wishes Kershaw could pitch every game. Damn, that guy can throw. Nine strikeouts, only two hits allowed, seven strong innings and another shutout. Holy cow! With that kind of arm, who needs batters who can hit? Oh yeah, we do!

Stranding 10 runners is unacceptable spoilage. The only bright spots were the continued strong offense of Carl Crawford, and the two hits each by Adrian Gonzalez and Mark Ellis.

But Matt Kemp needs to get on the ball. He struck out three times and left four men on base. I love The Bison, and I know he had shoulder surgery, but he needs to start hitting.

So thanks to strong pitching, we have one series win and a 3-2 record. Let’s keep moving in that direction, Dodgers!

High-priced right-hander Zach Greinke makes his Dodger debut.

High-priced right-hander Zach Greinke makes his Dodger debut.

Coolio! My earrings did the trick! It had nothing to do with Matt Kemp finally making contact, or Andre Ethier hitting his first home run of the year. Even Zach Greinke, who only allowed two hits in 6-1/3 innings looks surprised by how effective my little baubles could be.

Center-fielder Matt Kemp after hitting an RBI double in the sixth inning, his second hit of the game and the season.

Center-fielder Matt Kemp after hitting an RBI double in the sixth inning, his second hit of the game and the season.

But seriously, I wish the Dodgers could play like that every day. Then we really would be headed for the World Series. The bats that count were active — RBI doubles from Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez, Andre’s second-inning bomb — a starting pitcher in control and a bullpen that’s lights out. And the icing on the cake? Not a single Dodger error, for the first time this season.

It’s always nice when you win on fireworks night — festive explosions in the nocturnal sky seem incongruous after a humiliating defeat — but this win was especially satisfying if only because it reminds us Dodger fans of how good and exciting our team has been and can be. We see the sparkle in Matt Kemp’s smile and remember how much fun it is to root for the Boys in Blue.