Those words seemed unlikely, as Wright hadn't played in a big league game since 2016.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon opened Thursday's press conference at Citi Field by saying that although Wright's body has not responded the way it needed to, "out of respect for him personally, professionally, and for our fans, we want to give him this opportunity".
While Wright, a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glover and two-time Silver Slugger Award victor, won't be playing that night, he will start at third base on Saturday, September 29.
Although not officially retiring, Wright is not expected to play again after this season.
"To my teammates, coaches and staff, it's truly been an honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain", Wright said.
While Wright, now 35 years old, won't be coming back to the same Mets team that was defending an NL pennant the last time - far from it - he'll be returning to the roster as one of the most celebrated players in Mets history.
"Physically, and the way I feel right now, and from what the doctors have told me, there's not going to be any improvement", Wright said. Over 1,583 career games he slashed.296/.376/.491 with 1,777 hits, 242 home runs, 970 RBI and 196 stolen bases.
If Wright does retire at season's end, he will leave $27 million on the table between the last two seasons of his eight-year, $138 million contract. "So, yeah, I don't see that as a possibility". He earned $20 million this season, a portion of which the Mets have recouped via insurance while he's been on the disabled list.