So much for our so-called clout. The announcement out of Theo’s (can we still call him, wunderkind?) office late Tuesday was a terse one. Gabbard’s departure leaves 40 in the big league camp. Not one of them a pitcher more worthy of being in Boston’s starting rotation than … awe, as Joe Schultz might put it, tell your stats to shut up! Oh well, at least the countdown here in still-snowy Portland says only 15 days, 8 hours and change ’till our Sea Dogs take the field to receive their 2006 EL championship rings and crank up another season.