Here's a novel idea for how David Ortiz [stats] can best help the Red Sox [team stats] the rest of the season.

Stop playing.

That is likely going to be the decision we're all going to hear today anyway. But just in case there is some decision-maker still clinging to some shred of stubborn hope that the 2012 Red Sox need Ortiz more than the 2013 Red Sox do — please, let it go.

Leave Ortiz alone. Let his Achilles' heel heal. It's time to let the kids — all of them — play.